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Barack Obama Is Still Trying to Rewrite His Presidential Legacy

Barack Obama Is Still Trying to Rewrite His Presidential Legacy
Former President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Stephen Haas//The News-Gazette via AP)

Have you been following Obama’s post-presidency career as a comedian? Well, I have. His most commonly used bit was the claim that he didn’t have any scandals during his presidency. Though his usual audience tends not to laugh but to cheer at this claim, it is easily debunked by anyone who paid attention during that time.

It appears that Obama is now testing out some new material. In addition to his “I didn’t have any scandals” bit, he’s now working in a couple new ones:

Former President Barack Obama says he tried to build a culture centered around problem-solving and not personal gain while in the White House.

He said on Wednesday it was an effective strategy for any organization that also prevents “big scandals and indictments.”

Obama’s comments drew applause from a crowd of about 9,000 people at a business conference in Salt Lake City.

Obama didn’t mention President Donald Trump and wasn’t asked about him during a question-and-answer session.

But he made several comments that seemed to allude to the state of the country and the Trump administration.

Obama says he felt confident in difficult decisions he had to make because he surrounded himself with smart people who didn’t always agree with him, and based choices on “facts and reason and logic.”

Obama “tried to build a culture centered around problem-solving and not personal gain”?

He must think we’re ignorant of how his net worth skyrocketed since he decided to run for president. The Obama family, which was already wealthy in 2008, is worth 30 times more today.

Obama’s presidency often seemed fueled by his ego and his enjoyment of the perks of the position. The Obama family frequently took lavish vacations, and Michelle Obama had a ridiculously large staff of aides. President Trump, however, donates his presidential salary, and his net worth has actually gone down since becoming president. Most importantly, Obama’s personal gain over his two terms stands in stark contrast to the millions of Americans who suffered under his policies.

Obama also claimed he surrounded himself with people who disagreed with him — and that’s a huge whopper that even Obama loyalists don’t agree with. Former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said this in 2013: “I think that there is an issue with what people told the president, and I think that there is an instinct to tell the president what he wants to hear.” Even Obama-loving Chris Matthews agreed that Obama thought he was right about everything because he only received advice from yes-men. “The fact that this president is getting advice from people that say, ‘You’re always right,’ is the problem. He’s got too many sycophants around him telling him, ‘All you have to keep doing is what you’re doing.’”

Obama was particularly guilty of hiring diehard loyalists at the Department of Justice. His two attorneys general, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — two left-wing radicals who turned the DOJ into a partisan investigation wing of the White House — allowed Obama allies to avoid accountability for their crimes, improperly influenced high-profile cases, and stonewalled investigations into administration corruption. Not only did the Obama DOJ protect Hillary Clinton from an FBI investigation, it illegally spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Indeed, Obama also had a habit of firing people who didn’t toe the line. A congressional investigation determined in December 2016 that the Obama administration “fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda.” Obama also fired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis over disagreements with Obama’s foreign policy.

As for Obama’s claimed he based choices on “facts and reason and logic”? What facts did the Obama administration ever care about? This is the same administration that repeatedly claimed al-Qaeda was dying and on the run — during his re-election campaign, of course — while the intelligence community said the exact opposite. Obamacare was sold to the American public on a foundation of lies: That healthcare would be made more affordable; that if you like your doctor, or health plan, you can keep them, when they knew these statements were false.

Obama was so desperate to achieve a nuclear deal with Iran, he deliberately ignored Iran’s repeated threats to the United States and the overwhelming evidence that Iran had zero intention of making good on the deal.

Facts were anathema to the Obama administration — seemingly on everything. This administration claimed the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration and a YouTube video despite knowing it was a terror attack, just to give Obama political cover until the 2012 election. The Obama administration falsely portrayed Bowe Bergdahl as a prisoner of war, not as a deserter.

They even claimed they didn’t pay Iran a ransom, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Barack Obama is desperately trying to rewrite his presidential legacy for the history books. There are probably more facts in the Harry Potter novels than there are in any assessment Obama has given about his presidency. He’s counting on the masses to forget the facts, because he knows the media and academia are on his side — and he’s a far better liar than Jussie Smollett.