The media call this morning is the Donald Trump has made his first Foreign Trip a ‘Disaster ‘ and it isn’t even finished....
The last American that had the word President in front of his name is in Europe….
His visit has attracted LARGE crowds and he , unlike the current American leader, he is warmly embraced…
Barack Obama is making HIS disagreement with the Trump’s style and views on how things should be….It is as if he is reminding others that Trump is just a temporary aberration in America….
Oh, by the way?
Obama ‘s hanging out WILL help German Merkel….
Trump’s dissing her actually will also ….
When they realized former President Barack Obama was going to be in Berlin the same day President Donald Trump was going to be in Brussels, Angela Merkel was the one who called the White House to break the news.
The German chancellor invited Obama to the event in front of the Brandenburg Gate last year, before the election. Officially part of a multi-day gathering sponsored by the Protestant church in Germany, focused on youth and highlighting an exchange program between Berlin and Chicago, it was really about letting Obama boost his friend ahead of her fall reelection campaign and begin the international phase of his own post-presidency.
But, as soon as he accepted earlier this year, it also became an integral piece of Obama’s approach to Trump: present the contrast by continuing to pop up, push back on the sense that Trump’s winning while barely saying a word explicitly about Trump.
The only request the former president’s aides made of the organizers of the Berlin event was it not be structured as an Obama versus Trump debate. Other than that, they said, “the conversation can go where it will.”
“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said Thursday, in the closest he came to directly taking on his successor.
Obama is aware how much people are searching for Trump attacks in every word he says. He’s just as opposed to Trump’s presidency as he was on the morning of Election Day. How he’s doing this is deliberate.
“Obama has a clear view on how countries, including the U.S., should confront the challenges we all face. He didn’t shy away from making that case as president and he’s not going to now,” said one person close to him. “But not everything needs to be said to be understood — as Woody Allen famously put it, 80 percent is just showing up.”
With his early post-presidency focused on inspiring more young people to get involved civically, he said Thursday of the kind of burn-down-the-establishment that propelled Trump, those who believe “politicians are all corrupt, and institutions are all corrupt … if that’s your attitude, then yes, things will get worse. But it’ll get worse because you did not make the commitment to live out the values and the things you believe in most.”
Obama talked health care and immigration policy. He defended his cautious use of drones in response to a question from a German college student. He urged against militarism and the kind of bigger military budget that Trump has touted — “the national security budget shouldn’t just be seen as military hardware, it should be seen as development, it should be seen as diplomacy,” he said.
While Trump was meeting with European leaders, Obama was cautioning against absolutism and self-assurance….
image…motherjones.comShare on Facebook