How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’

WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.

“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.

He had read a column asserting that liberals had forgotten how important identity was to people and had promoted an empty cosmopolitan globalism that made many feel left behind. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

His aides reassured him that he still would have won had he been able to run for another term and that the next generation had more in common with him than with Mr. Trump. Mr. Obama, the first black man elected president, did not seem convinced. “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” he said.

In the weeks after Mr. Trump’s election, Mr. Obama went through multiple emotional stages, according to a new book by his longtime adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes. At times, the departing president took the long view, at other points, he flashed anger. He called Mr. Trump a “cartoon” figure who cared more about his crowd sizes than any particular policy. And he expressed rare self-doubt, wondering whether he had misjudged his own influence on American history.

Set to be published next week by Random House, Mr. Rhodes’s memoir, “The World as It Is,” offers a peek into Mr. Obama’s tightly sealed inner sanctum from the perspective of one of the few people who saw him up close through all eight years of his presidency. Few moments shook Mr. Obama more than the decision by voters to replace him with a candidate who had questioned his very birth.

Mr. Rhodes served as Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser through some of the most consequential points of his presidency, including decisions to authorize the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, send more troops to Afghanistan, pull most troops out of Iraq, restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, seal a nuclear agreement with Iran, intervene militarily in Libya and refuse to intervene militarily in Syria.

But his book offers a new window, if only slightly cracked open, into the 44th president’s handling of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election to help Mr. Trump get elected and the aftermath.

In handing over power to someone determined to tear down all he had accomplished, Mr. Obama alluded to “The Godfather” mafia movie: “I feel like Michael Corleone. I almost got out.”

Mr. Rhodes describes the reaction of foreign leaders. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan apologized for breaching protocol by meeting with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan after the election. Mr. Obama urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to take on a more vocal role defending the values they shared.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama that she felt more obliged to run for another term because of Mr. Trump’s election to defend the liberal international order. When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye. “She’s all alone,” Mr. Obama noted.

And yet despite criticism even from former advisers to Mr. Obama, Mr. Rhodes offers little sense that the former president thought he could have done more to counter Russian involvement in the election. Mr. Obama had authorized a statement to be issued by intelligence agency leaders a month before the election warning of Russian interference, but was thwarted from doing more because Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, refused to go along with a bipartisan statement.

Mr. Rhodes called Mr. McConnell’s refusal “staggeringly partisan and unpatriotic.” But Mr. Obama, whose Supreme Court nomination had been blocked by Mr. McConnell for months, seemed less surprised.

“What else did you expect from McConnell?” he asked. “He won’t even give us a hearing on Merrick Garland.”

Still, in preparatory sessions before meetings with the news media before the election, aides pressed Mr. Obama to respond to criticism that he should speak out more about Russian meddling. “I talk about it every time I’m asked,” he responded. “What else are we going to do? We’ve warned folks.”

He noted that Mr. Trump was already claiming that the election would be manipulated if Hillary Clinton won. “If I speak out more, he’ll just say it’s rigged,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Rhodes writes that neither he nor Mr. Obama knew at that time that there was an F.B.I. investigation into contacts between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia, despite Mr. Trump’s recent unsubstantiated claims that the departing president placed a “spy” or multiple spies in his campaign.

Mr. Rhodes writes he did not learn about the F.B.I. investigation until after leaving office, and then from the news media. Mr. Obama did not impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the meddling before the election because he believed it might prompt Moscow into hacking into Election Day vote tabulations. Mr. Obama did impose sanctions after the election but Mr. Rhodes’s suggestion that the targets include President Vladimir V. Putin was rebuffed on the theory that such a move would go too far.

Mr. Obama and his team were confident that Mrs. Clinton would win and, like much of the country, were shocked when she did not. “I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming,” Mr. Rhodes writes. “Because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we’d run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She’s part of a corrupt establishment that can’t be trusted to bring change.”

On election night, Mr. Obama spoke by telephone with Cody Keenan, his chief speechwriter, and Mr. Rhodes to figure out what he should say. Mr. Rhodes asked if he should offer reassurance to allies. “No, I don’t think that I’m the one to tell them that,” the president said.

The next day, Mr. Obama focused on cheering up his despondent staff. At one point, he sent a message to Mr. Rhodes saying, “There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.”

But days later, Mr. Obama seemed less sanguine. “I don’t know,” he told aides. “Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.”

He added that “we’re about to find out just how resilient our institutions are, at home and around the world.”

The day Mr. Obama hosted Mr. Trump at the White House after the election seemed surreal. Mr. Trump kept steering the conversation back to the size of his rallies, noting that he and Mr. Obama could draw big crowds, but Mrs. Clinton could not, Mr. Rhodes writes.

Afterward, Mr. Obama called a few aides to the Oval Office to ruminate on the encounter. “I’m trying to place him in American history,” he said.

“He peddles” bull, Mr. Rhodes answered. “That character has always been part of the American story. You can see it right back to some of the characters in Huckleberry Finn.”

 

source:nytimes.com

Obama AG Eric Holder Slams ‘Orange Man’ Trump, Says ‘We Want the America of Obama!’

Eric Holder, former Attorney General under Barack Obama, just recently came out to blast President Donald Trump in the wake of a Democrat gubernatorial victory in Virginia. According to Holder, people still want to be living in Obama’s America.

Eric Holder blasts ‘orange man’ Trump: ‘We want the America of Barack Obama’

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he is glad to be unshackled from his old job because employment with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee lets him lash out at Republicans like “orange man” President Trump.Politico recently went on the road with the NDRC’s chairman in Virginia for get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of Lt. Gov.

Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor.The former attorney general also told Rising Mount Zion congregants that Mr. Northam’s battle with Republican Ed Gillespie was important because “debts have to be repaid.”

“We need to send Donald Trump a message,” Mr .Holder said, Politico reported. “You’re telling Donald Trump that’s not the America I want. We want the America of Barack Obama.”

For a career prosecutor with little experience in campaign politics, it’s a surprisingly hard-nosed strategy: The plan is to clock some wins in 2018, so that for the 2020 cycle they’ll have both more big donors and more beachheads for wider efforts in statehouses, with the boost of a presidential cycle. And then, maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to start digging themselves out of the hole Republicans have left them in from years of investing in down-ballot races and outmaneuvering them in gerrymandering. For those who doubt all this redistricting stuff really matters, NDRC staffers point out that four of the nine House seats that Democrats flipped in 2016 were in Virginia and Florida, following litigation that changed the maps.That will keep Holder out on the trail, continuing his own years-long transformation from buttoned-down lawman to political elbow-thrower, with the slight stiltedness that comes from not being at all used to this campaign business.

You don’t do politics when you’re attorney general, but as a private citizen and as a defender of the Obama legacy, I’m free to say what I want and to say it in the way that I’d like to,” Holder told me in an interview for Politico’s Off Message podcast, conducted in a conference room at Rising Mount Zion after he was done revving up the congregation. I think what I’m doing now is really a continuation of that which I did as attorney general, speaking out for a more fair, a more just, a more equal America, talking about protecting voting rights, talking about criminal justice reform

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Trump Just Busted 6 Republican Traitors Taking Terrorist Cash – Here’s What They Were Moments From Doing To Him

Ever since Trump got elected as president, there’s been no shortage of Republican traitors working behind the scenes to bring him down. We’ve all had our suspicions on who these traitors were, but now our theories have been finally confirmed after the damning document that was just leaked. But what makes matters even more disgusting, is that these 6 Republicans have been secretly plotting to remove Trump from office for months, passing intel through a Muslim Brotherhood operative.

Huma Abedin is a Muslim Brotherhood agent who has managed to gain access to our White House through her work as Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide. After Hillary’s humiliating loss to Trump for the presidency, Wikileaks is now exposing how the Hillary and Huma have been working in the shadows, involving some very powerful Republicans in an active coup to get Trump removed as president.

In a breaking document just released by Wikileaks, we’re now learning everything we need to know about the Republican traitors in Washington D.C. In the series of emails discovered on Huma Abedin’s computer, only identified document 1078645, it’s exposed how these 6 Republican traitors are not only working with Hillary to remove Trump from office, but are on her freaking payroll!

In the first email, it goes into detail about how funds were being funneled directly from Hillary’s campaign to line the pockets of the Super PACS of Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich in order to buy their alliance against Trump.

Excerpt from one of the emails of document 1078645:

“JB, CF, and JK PACS will be noticeably silent for the rest of the campaign. Each will receive a significant allowance from advertising budget. HRC is in the loop and has talked to all three personally. Eyes only.”

But it doesn’t end there. Other emails reveal how Hillary bought off other key members of the Republican Party by funneling funds from her Clinton Foundation directly to their bank accounts of 3 other traitors, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, and known traitor John McCain.

Keep in mind that Hillary Clinton is owned by Saudi terrorists, so money flowing from the Clinton Foundations to these traitors is essentially money from terrorists. Not to mention Huma Abedin’s involvement with this, as a known Muslim Brotherhood operative.

Conservetive Daily post reported:

Other emails that surfaced but do not refer to anything other than title have also surfaced that raised eyebrows It seems at a glance that the Clinton Foundation, or as I am calling it, the Pantsuit Mafia, has bought off several key members of the Republican Party to push the Clinton agenda. Such as:

“He is on board, will retract the invitation to speak. Eyes only.”.

This email was dated days before Speaker of the House Paul Ryan withdrew the invitation to Donald Trump to speak at an event in Wisconsin. Even though we do not have the ‘smoking gun’ to say it was him, no other logical conclusion can be assumed.

Other emails hint at the money being moved to Republican elected officials in the House and Senate. For instance FEC reports shows that two large donations from PACS and private sources in early October went to John McCain right after he attacked Trump publicly criticized Trump. That happened shortly after a slew of emails concerning moving money to support one candidate and move support from another.

Shortly thereafter, his challenger in this tight race, Kirkpatrick, lost several key donors and money and support lessened from the DNC and the DSCC in the last few weeks of the race. The thing to note is that McCain is one of the lead sponsors of a committee to investigate any Russian influence into the election.

Senator Lindsay Graham, another outspoken critic of Donald Trump and briefly candidate for President from July to December also it seems received help from the Clintons. An email that simply states, “Cleared the road for him in 2020,” could mean that there will be no strong or supported Democrat in the South Carolina Senate race when Graham is up for re-election.

As with McCain, Graham has publicly called for a look into the Russian influence in the election.

This is not just some type of petty revenge against Trump, but this is all-out treason. These representatives are acting in their own best interests, ignoring their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Subversion of a sitting president by attempting to overthrow the United States government is a serious federal crime as spelled out in 18 U.S. Code § 2385, and is punishable by 20 years in prison.

This treason on the part of these 6 traitors explains the ongoing gridlock in D.C. with the inability to do simple things like repeal Obamacare and securing the funds necessary to build President Trump’s wall.

Help expose traitors Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain by sharing this story! They are ALL part of the Clinton machine and need to be removed from office immediately! They’ve literally sold the American people down the river in order to satisfy their unquenchable thirst for power!

Source: https://usaflashreports.blogspot.com

MSNBC’S CHRIS MATTHEWS: ‘FORGET TRUMP, FOR ME OBAMA IS STILL THE PRESIDENT’

WHILE TALKING ABOUT PREVIOUS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S INTENTIONS TO HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR DEMOCRATS DURING THE 2018 ELECTION CYCLE ON THURSDAY’S BROADCAST OF MSNBC’S “HARDBALL,”HOST CHRIS MATTHEWS SAID THAT TO MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING HIMSELF, OBAMA IS “STILL THE PRESIDENT.”

Matthews stated, “Let me ask you about the president — President Obama, to some people, including myself, still the president. I was watching the David Letterman — that interview, and a lot of people [were saying,] ‘Oh, he’s still the president.’ How does he get into this fight without getting his face dirtied by Trump, who loves to turn opponents into dirt?”

Back in December Chris Matthews stated his opinion about Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation by expressing that the worst thing that could be said about the Democrats is that “they’re too pure”.

Matthews stated, “I don’t know how you can avoid the education in this. The worst you can say about Democrats is they’re too pure. And that’s a stupid thing to say. But that’s the worst thing you can say about them. These guys set too high a standard for public office. How’s that for an argument? My opponents, the party of my opposition, they set too high a standard.”

He continued: “On the other hand, we all know that the Republicans are corrupt and evil.”

Virginia State Sen. Barbara Favola had a similar statement saying that Republicans, “Are evil, we’re the good guys”at a rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial applicant Ralph Northam.

At the rally in Arlington, Virginia, last Wednesday Favola stated:

“My colleagues didn’t really tell you how dangerous it will be if the other side wins. They’re evil, we’re the good guys.”

The democrats that were present there responded with thunderous praise.

Journalists asked Virginia gubernatorial applicant Ralph Northam about the latest argument and whether Northam bolsters this troublesome rethoric. Northam stated:

“I put stock in bringing individuals from the two sides of the passageway to the table, doing things the Virginia way.”

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Trump Explains Why Obama ‘Did Nothing’ on ‘So-Called Russian Meddling’

President Trump on Sunday blasted former President Obama and his former political rival, Hillary Clinton, claiming Obama “did nothing” to stop the so-called Russian Meddling ahead of the 2016 election.

“Why didn’t President Obama do something about the so-called Russian Meddling when he was told about it by the FBI before the Election?” he asked.

Trump continued, “Because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win, and he didn’t want to upset the apple cart! He was in charge, not me, and did nothing.”

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Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters.

“Why didn’t the 13 Angry Democrats investigate the campaign of Crooked Hillary Clinton,” tweeted Trump, in an apparent reference to the courtroom drama “Twelve Angry Men.” “Many crimes, much Collusion with Russia? Why didn’t the FBI take the Server from the DNC? Rigged Investigation!”

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Why didn’t the 13 Angry Democrats investigate the campaign of Crooked Hillary Clinton, many crimes, much Collusion with Russia? Why didn’t the FBI take the Server from the DNC? Rigged Investigation

Trump tweeted minutes after personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday” that Mueller’s team investigating Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential race had 13 Democrats, and said it was “rigged.”

Trump in recent weeks has called for an additional special counsel — to investigate whether the Justice Department surveilled his campaign.

Trump referenced the “phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt” in another Sunday morning tweet.

“Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt?” he asked. “They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters!”

@realDonaldTrump

Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt? They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters!..

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