This weekend, Obama proved once again that he is incapable of affording his successor the same courtesy shown by his predecessor. While speaking in Paris, Obama cited a lack of American leadership on climate change.
The Associated Press reports:
Obama cites ‘absence of American leadership’ on climate
Former U.S. President Barack Obama is ending a five-day international trip in Paris, where he had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and gave a speech to business leaders.
Obama had a two-hour private lunch with Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace on Saturday. The area was placed under high security.
The French presidency said the meeting was expected to include a presentation about the Obama Foundation. No journalists were allowed at the meal…
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are confident the Paris agreement will be implemented,” Hollande tweeted.
Obama mentioned climate change during his evening speech organized by a club for leaders from the internet and communications industries was on the theme, “Fear Less, Innovate More.”
In a clear reference to his White House successor’s threat, he remarked on the “absence of American leadership on the issue,” making the audience laugh.
Here’s a video of Obama’s comments:
Obama just can’t help himself. It must drive him crazy to be followed by Trump who is systematically undoing the few things Obama managed to achieve, like the Paris climate deal. That’s what’s behind his contempt.
Obama didn’t explicitly mention President Donald Trump by name, but his remark referred to Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement in June. The U.S. cannot fully exit from the agreement until 2020, but Trump has ceased all participation in the agreement’s stipulations. When Trump announced the removal, Syria was the only other country in the world not involved with the plan. But Syria signed on to the agreement in November, leaving the U.S. in isolation.
The two presidents clearly differ greatly in their styles and strategies, and this was evident in Obama’s veiled comments about Trump. He mentioned the importance of using social media thoughtfully, eliciting laughter from the crowd when he mentioned that he had more followers than others “who use it more often.”
What Obama and his fans don’t seem to grasp is that these moments serve as a reminder to many Americans of why they voted for Trump in 2016.
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