Barack Obama just couldn’t help himself. As President Donald Trump took steps to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, undoing one of Obama’s most egregious executive overreaches, the former president released a statement criticizing Trump.
“The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created,” Obama said. “But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way …”
As Trump speaks, Obama issues statement on Paris deal pic.twitter.com/clpLdNoFpP— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) June 1, 2017
“The absence of American leadership”? Really, Mr. Obama?
Let’s talk about the absence of American leadership the voters just freed themselves from after eight years of Obama’s pathetic presidency.
Under President Obama’s absent economic leadership, the U.S. economy stalled at an anemic 1.9 percent growth rate from which the economy finally seems to be emerging under President Trump.
Under President Obama’s absent health care leadership, premiums skyrocketed because Obamacare’s market-distorting policies saw favorable health insurance plans disappear from countless American workers and families.
Under President Obama’s absent leadership abroad, America’s enemies were emboldened. The Middle East became more dangerous with the rise of ISIS. Iran is in open violation of the nuclear deal Obama negotiated. Between apology tours, crossed red lines, and the hollowing out of the American military, Obama’s foreign policy was an unmitigated disaster.
What successes can Obama claim? In his statement Thursday, the former president cites his past negotiations on the Paris accord as “principled American leadership.” His negotiations would have bound America to a jobs-killing, economy-constraining, wealth-redistributing deal — all without the consent of Congress.
President Trump provided real American leadership Thursday by putting the good of American citizens above the demands of Big Business and foreign bureaucrats. The American people don’t need Obama inserting himself into Trump’s successes to undermine the current, relevant president with the former, irrelevant president’s foolish left-wing talking points.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.