If you’ve been keeping up with the wild and wacky realm of politics lately, then you’re likely aware that former President Barack Obama — who we thought we heard the last of back in January — has been desperately attempting to reinsert himself into the comings and goings of the nation, opposing Trump at just about every turn.
When the president and the GOP unveiled their healthcare plan, who was there to rip it to shreds and try protecting the only thing he accomplished during his eight years in office?
After the news broke that DACA would be ended, who piped up and called the action “cruel?” If you guessed Obama you win the ultimate prize. A big bag of nothing.
And of course, the former commander-in-chief was not at all a big fan of the Trump administration’s travel ban either.
It seems, given all of the insults and criticisms being tossed around the political arena, that Obama and Trump have been mortal enemies for centuries, fated to do battle until the final judgment.
However, according to a book that came out this year, that is not at all the case. In fact, it looks as if Obama may have actually admired the real estate mogul for his success in the business world.
I know, I know. It’s difficult to imagine a world where Barack Obama had anything other than contempt for business men, especially the rich, given his diehard dedication to socialistic wealth redistribution and all that jazz, but hey, maybe there was a time when the man wasn’t so radical?
Anyway, according to this book, Obama viewed Donald Trump as the embodiment of the American dream.
From The Hill:
A recently published biography of the 44th president by David Garrow, called “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama” unearthed the Trump quote in an unpublished law paper Obama authored when he was a soon-to-be Harvard Law School graduate in 1991, according to a Complex report.
“I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will,” reads a line in the paper titled “Race and Rights Rhetoric,” Obama authored with his friend Robert Fisher.
“[Americans have] a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind. The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will,” they wrote.
Trump has been touted as a symbol of success in books, movies, and television shows throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
There’s a lot about America that makes this the most beautiful and amazing country in the world, and I happen to believe such a statement is closer to objective fact than subjective opinion.
In other words, I’m not just saying that because I, myself am an American.
Where else in the world can a man come from absolutely nothing, to being one of the wealthiest people on the entire planet, all off of one, simple idea that solves a problem for others?
Sure, other countries have a version of a free market, but our nation is the one that has done it best thus far, and I refuse to believe otherwise.
When Obama was in office, he often times supported measures that punished the small business community, tacking on extra taxes, fees, and other assorted drains on the bottom line, zapping much of their hard earned profits.
He willingly and wittingly crushed their chance to be the next Donald Trump by pushing wealth redistribution through Obamacare and his environmental regulations, preventing many of these companies from being able to expand, create jobs, and put more Americans back to work.
The American dream is supposed to be the availability of opportunity, for anyone of any race, gender, or creed, to be able to work hard, pull themselves up by their boot straps and pursue happiness, just like the Declaration of Independence states.
Now, that doesn’t mean a guarantee to be filthy rich like Trump or Bill Gates. What it means is that the right to pursue your passions, to earn a living by the work of your own two hands, is the God-given right of every citizen, and the government has no right to squash that.
What is frustrating about the criticism coming from Obama is that he once claimed that Trump was what the American dream was all about, yet now he acts like anything the president puts out there when it comes to policy is pure evil.
Many of the policies the president touts are based on principles he has held or grown into over the course of his successful business career, no doubt playing some sort of role in his success.
If this in any way contributed to Trump’s success, why so much hate — or as the kids say today, shade — thrown his way?
Because hating Trump has become politically expedient, the popular thing to do if you want to look relevant in the eyes of our current culture.
And believe me, Obama craves relevancy. Perhaps he’s attempting to pave the way for Michelle to enter politics. Who knows?
Bottom line is, the American dream is still alive and well, despite what leftists might say. If you have a good idea and you’re willing to work hard, you can accomplish anything.