One of Obama’s most trusted aides during his presidency, fellow Chicagoan Valerie Jarrett, says that Obama does not regret making fun of Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign over his belief that Russia would be our number one adversary. Jarrett made the comments in response to a question from Meghan McCain on “The View.”
The conversation arose after co-host Meghan McCain told Jarrett that she had watched the The Final Year, a documentary on Obama’s foreign policy during his last year in the White House, and thought it was fascinating. McCain said she specifically found the divisions between Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes, and his United Nations ambassador, Samantha Power, on the topics of Syria and Russia compelling.
McCain then turned to a 2012 presidential debate during which Obama ridiculed Romney, then the Republican nominee, for his prior comment calling Russia the “number one geopolitical threat facing America,” as Obama described it.
“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” Obama said at the time.
How stupid does Obama look now? He even looked pretty dumb back then considering that Putin was systematically murdering opposition politicians, unfriendly reporters, and human rights activists.
Since then, Putin has “annexed” Crimea, is prosecuting a war in Ukraine looking to separate eastern Ukraine from the rest of the country, assisted the murderous dictator Bashar Assad in beating down a rebellion in Syria, and carried out what our domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies say was a massive hack of the U.S. presidential election.
Obama doesn’t “regret” ridiculing Romney because it was a big political plus at the time. His party today is hysterical about Putin’s actions to the point that everything Trump does relating to Russia is seen as confirming his collusion. They are seeing Russians under the bed, Russians in the closet, Russians, Russians everywhere.
No wonder the media and Democrats have let that mockery of Romney disappear down the rabbit hole.