For a leader of cunning intellect and brilliant speaking skills, President Obama’s ignorance of the populist uprisings sweeping across the West, is truly astonishing.
So wreathed by the Presidential bubble, not even outright rejections of his globalist vision as demonstrated in the Brexit and Donald Trump victories, are enough for this President to see reality.
And as political trends continue to prove, the internationalist, open borders world view that the President has famously championed, will be deemed fallacious by reflections in 10, 50 and 100 years time.
“Barrack Obama says Americans didn’t reject him by voting in Donald Trump”, Financial Review, November 16 2016:
President Barack Obama says he doesn’t think Americans rejected his policies in last week’s election even as the Democrats lost almost one third of the counties that he twice carried in previous presidential elections.
“Last I checked, a pretty healthy majority of the American people agree with my world view on a lot of things,” he said at a news conference in Athens, where he began a three-city foreign tour, his last.
“And I know that that begs the question, well, how is it that somebody who appears to have a very different world view just got elected? As I said, sometimes people just feel as if we want to try something to see if we can shake things up.”
His comments come after last week’s election, in which 209 out of 700 counties across that US that had twice voted for Obama in presidential elections flipped this time and voted for the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
Before the national vote, in which Trump handily beat Hillary Clinton, Obama was so confident that the New York businessman wouldn’t be elected to succeed him that he scoffed at questions about whether he was partly responsible for the Trump backlash.
“You know, talk to me if he wins. Then we’ll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it,” Obama said in an NBC interview in January.
Trump did win, and Obama still isn’t sure what he would have done differently. “I think it’s fair to say that I was surprised by the election results, and I’ve said said so,” Obama said on Tuesday.
“I still don’t feel responsible for what the president-elect says or does. But I do feel a responsibility as president of the United States to make sure that I facilitate a good transition and I present to him as well, as the American people my best thinking, my best ideas about how you move the country forward.”
Obama attributed Trump’s victory to a vague yearning for change amid unease about globalisation.
“I think at times of significant stress, people are going to be looking for something, and they may not always know what it is they’re looking for,” he said. “And they may opt for change even if they’re not entirely confident what that change will bring.”
Obama has been largely deferential to the President-elect since the election — a remarkable turnaround from his campaign rhetoric in which he called Trump “dangerous” and “unfit for the presidency.”
He promised, however, that he would speak out when he believes the Republican Party is wrong, even as he pledged to work with them “on things that I think will advance the causes of justice and prosperity and inclusiveness in America.”
As he did in his speech at the UN General Assembly in September — and as he likely will again in a speech to the Greek people on Wednesday — Obama warned against what he called “a rise in a crude sort of nationalism or ethnic identity or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them.'”
He used the European experiment as an example, even as he engaged in a mission to try to reassure European leaders that Trump’s election would not alter the US commitment to economic and political cooperation.
“We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up and emphasising their differences,” Obama said. “The 20th century was a bloodbath. And for all the frustrations and failures of the project to unify Europe, the last five decades have been a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity in Europe.”
“History doesn’t move in a straight line,” Obama said. “It zigs and zags.”