The 1 Reason Donald Trump Is So Obsessed With Barack Obama

It’s been evident from the beginning that President Donald Trump has a fixation on former President Barack Obama. Fundamentally different men, the two have had very different experiences in the White House and with the public overall. However, Trump can’t seem to keep his predecessor’s name out of his mouth.

We now know why Trump is so obsessed with Obama.

Unraveling a legacy

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama

The two men are very different, both politically and otherwise. | Jack Gruber/Pool/Getty Images

Obama was not perfect, but few presidents are. However, what he was able to do was unite the country in a way that hadn’t been seen for decades. Since Trump isn’t anywhere near as beloved, he has devoted much of his time and energy to undoing everything Obama has put in place. From affordable birth control and health care for women to policies that combat global warming and welcome immigration, Trump wants it all gone.

Political analyst David Gergen told CNN host Don Lemmon that, Trump’s various deals and policies are,  “more about blowing up the former president’s legacy than anybody wants to admit.”

Next: The numbers do lie.

Polls and numbers that don’t add up

Donald Trump denies the allegations, of course.

Trump will do anything to refute his low approval ratings. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

If there is one thing that Trump despises, it’s being disliked, but with his racist, misogynistic, and ignorant views, he hasn’t been able to escape the wrath of the public or Hollywood. He’s so disturbed by his low approval ratings that he will try anything to combat them.

In fact, in summer 2017, Trump shared an unverified poll that said 61% of the public believed he was a better president than Obama. OK, sir.

Next: The infamous turkey pardon

The turkey drama

U.S. President Donald Trump pardons the National Thanksgiving turkey

Donald Trump even managed to make Thanksgiving about Obama. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Poor Trump couldn’t even let us all enjoy Thanksgiving without trying to make a dig at Obama. During the Presidential Turkey pardon in 2017, he quipped,”As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked.”

This might be funny if it weren’t so sad.

Next: Asking the wrong questions

All about opposing Obama

barack obama speaking in a dark suit against a dark background

Donald Trump seems fixed on always taking the opposite approach of Barack Obama. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Though Obama is a democrat and Trump claims to be a Republican, Trump can’t even seem to find a middle ground when dealing with the more liberal party. In fact, a European diplomat who spent a great of time with Trump in the White House noticed he only really cared about the Harvard Law graduate’s position on things.

The diplomat told Buzzfeed,“He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.”

Next: Hating what you can’t have

Genuine jealousy?

He’s a lot more divisive than the Obamas were. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

The Obamas were widely loved across the United States, and it’s no surprise the the controversial Trump might be a little jealous of their stardom. Where the Obamas were famous, Trump is infamous.

For proof, all you have to do is look as far as the the new Netflix deal the Obamas made.

Next: Wanting the praise 

Taking credit where credit is not due

Trump is hard at work.

Donald Trump is all about getting credit — whether he deserves it or not. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

The main reason why Trump is obsessed with Obama is that he adores praise. It’s Obama’s work and policies that have put the United States in the great economic position that it’s in currently. Trump, of course, can’t accept this as fact.

If (or when) the economy takes a nosedive, Trump is going to have to answer for that.

Next: Is he a smart businessman?

It might be a marketing ploy

Republican debate donald trump

For him, it’s all about getting press attention. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

As a businessman, Trump knows that it’s all about your competitor. To him, his competitor is the ghost of the Obama administration. By shutting him down, Trump is marketing himself. It could be that he sees all press as good press.

His friend, Christopher Ruddy, had this to say to The Washington Post,“For the president . . . it’s about comparison to other players. Who’s the guy everybody’s going to compare him to? His predecessor. He just gets that intuitively, as a business guy and a bottom-line guy.”

Next: An obvious racist

Creating an (unfounded) scandal

Donald Trump listens intently.

Donald Trump helped push the birther movement pre-presidency. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Well before Trump even began to speak of getting into politics seriously, he went after Obama, claiming that he was not actually born in the U.S. In fact, it was Trump’s repeated appearances on Fox News that helped push the birther movement along.

Since the birther movement failed to discredit Obama, Trump is trying to do so with his own presidency. How ironic that he’s the one who has been riddled with scandals and sexual assault allegations.

Next: It doesn’t stop with the birther movement.

Bizarre claims

Donald Trump

Donald Trump can’t seem to stop talking about Obama. | Jim Lo Scalzo – Pool/Getty Images

Trump’s constant dissing of Obama has lead to some truly bizarre claims beyond the birther movement — the sort you might expect to hear only from someone who is feeling insecure. So far, Trump has claimed — among many other things — that he has a higher IQ than Obama, that Obama never used the Oval Office, and that he’s tougher on guns than Obama.

Next: Fake news

Alternative views

Sean Hannity speaks into a headset microphone

Sean Hannity has claimed Obama is the one with the obsession. | Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Though we think Trump’s fixation on Obama is plain as day, Trump supporters, including Fox News host Sean Hannity, believe we’ve got it all wrong.

According to Hannity, Obama is the one with the obsession. On his show in December 2017. Hannity bellowed,

[Obama] is obviously sick, pathetic, and twisted in this obsession with President Trump. It’s kind of like everybody in the media. Every single chance Obama gets, whether it’d be here at home, overseas, it doesn’t matter. He’s trashing, trying to undermine the president. Maybe he can’t get over the fact that his record was atrocious. Maybe he needs to take his own advice and accept the results of the election.

We’d love to see the interviews and speeches where Obama supposedly trashed Trump. Then again, we all know Hannity, Trump, and the folks at Fox aren’t great with actual facts.

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Additional reporting by John Wolfe