“appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”
Obama endorsed Emmanuel Macron for President of France yesterday in the tightly contested election which will take place this weekend. Obama’s record on involving himself in the affairs of other countries might have Marine Le Pen’s team smiling.
USA Today reported:
French candidate Emmanuel Macron endorsed by Barack Obama
Former president Barack Obama, who is wildly popular in France, has formally endorsed French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist he calls the candidate of “hope.”
The unusual high-profile endorsement by a former U.S. president in a foreign election amounts to something of a proxy fight with President Trump, who has spoken positively of right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front party.
Obama’s remarks appear in a taped message, with French subtitles, posted on Macron’s campaign En Marche!website.
“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama said. “He has stood up for liberal values. He put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world, and he is committed to a better future for the French people.”
In a none-too-subtle reference to his own campaign, Obama said Macron “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”
Here’s the video:
Macron accepted the endorsement but Obama’s record on these matters isn’t great.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 4, 2017
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) May 4, 2017
Some people saw another side to this situation:
Interfering with French election (as he did Israeli election and Brexit when President). No problem. https://t.co/Fh1n4LBH9G
— Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) May 4, 2017
Oh weird, interfering in another nation's election… https://t.co/pbUFbOLjBW
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 4, 2017
Has a former president explicitly endorsed a candidate in another country's election before? Strange times. https://t.co/tztNU0eC7f
— Josh Douglas (@JoshuaADouglas) May 4, 2017
trying to think of last big endorsement obama gave that panned out; more difficult than you'd expect https://t.co/ePXU6sA51l
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) May 4, 2017
do French people care what he thinks? https://t.co/AymqRihTnD
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) May 4, 2017
Outside interference does seem to be a Le Pen theme.
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