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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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