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Obama – Post Presidency Tag

Obama is said to be planning a return to the public stage this fall in a move that has some Democrat strategists concerned.  Unwanted as the "face" of the Democratic Party and unwilling to be the "foil" for Republicans, Obama is expected to campaign for candidates in deep blue territory and to fund-raise. Town Hall reported last month:
The savior is returning. Barack Obama may get back into the trenches to help his party, which was widely expected, especially with the midterm season upon us. The former president is reportedly having regular check-ins with Democratic Party leaders, with speculation that he’s aiming to rebuild the party he helped destroy over the course of his presidency.

In many ways, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (D) was Obama before Obama was Obama.  Patrick was elected the first black governor of Massachusetts in 2006, and his entire campaign was based on the same nebulous "change" mantra that would sweep then-Senator Obama into the White House two years later.
At his first inauguration under uncommonly fair skies in January 2007, the man who a year earlier had been dismissed as a hopeless romantic with no chance of victory carried with him limitless hope for the future — for better schools, fairer housing, racial healing. “It’s time for a change,” Patrick declared, “and we are that change.”
Sound like Obama's "we are the change we've been waiting for"?  That's no mistake.

After months of speculation about what Obama's post-presidency would entail, we finally have our answer.  No, he's not going to start an impressive project that will salvage his name if not his presidency (as Carter did with the Carter Work Project tied to Habitat for Humanity).  No, he's not going to be Secretary General of the U. N., and no, he's not going to retire gracefully from public life, maybe write yet another memoir or two. Nope, Obama is going back to his community organizing roots and attending an event at the University of Chicago "for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement.”

Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, infamous for lying repeatedly on national television about the Benghazi attack being the result of a video, may be at the center of the "unmasking" scandal uncovered by Congressman Devin Nunes. We covered yesterday how Dems want Devin Nunes removed, but can’t unhear unmasking allegations. Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reports on the discovery of a suspicious pattern of unmasking requests by Rice near the end of the Obama administration, Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel:

The hot dispute of the weekend is Donald Trump's tweets this morning about alleged "wiretapping" by the Obama administration. Some thoughts below. I don't think you can view today's tweets in isolation. For the past several months (at least) we have lived in a world of non-stop innuendo suggesting that Donald Trump and/or his closest associates are compromised in some way by the Russians There is no proof, just innuendo attributed to the intelligence community, as I explained in The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo:

Remember Organizing for Action (OFA)? The grassroots army that made Senator Obama President Obama? OFA recently relaunched to protect Progressive values from the new Republican governance. Though it worked wonders for President Obama's political aspirations, top Democratic operatives claim it almost killed the Democratic party. “This is some GRADE A Bullshit right here," said Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Less than two weeks into retirement and President Obama is already joining in on post-Obama fun. In his first post-presidential announcement, Obama lauded protesters. “Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake," said Kevin Lewis, Obama spokesman.

President Obama's love of golf has drawn a fair amount of scrutiny and criticism over the course of his presidency. As he wraps up Oval Office duties, focusing on a post-White House life, Dear Leader may find himself excluded from an exclusive golf course. Turns out, the mostly-Jewish run Woodmont Country Club in Maryland is not sure they want to accept President Obama into their membership due to his contentious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. “In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership,” a source told the New York Post:

His party completely decimated under his watch, Obama is now signaling that he's going to stick around and help the Democrats still more.  Part of this "help" is apparently his ongoing presence on the national stage as a stalwart warrior against President-elect Trump.  Having long ago anointed himself as the arbiter of "who we are" as a nation, Obama has made it clear that, much to our collective chagrin, retiring from the spotlight is not on the table.

When George W. Bush finished his second term, he quietly exited the national stage and allowed the age of Obama to begin without interference. Obama has no intention of affording his successor the same courtesy. He is a different man than Bush. He loves the spotlight too much to leave. He also knows that the press loves him more than Trump and will run to him for comment on everything Trump does.
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