Former president says POTUS is ‘confused’ and incapable of fixing country’s problems
Speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit on Monday evening, the former president slipped into Trump-bashing mode, telling the audience that the world “badly needs remaking.”
Avoiding mentioning Trump by name, Obama claimed the reason America’s problems aren’t being solved is because of his successor’s “hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.”
Speaking to the crowd at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Chicago, Obama insisted that fixing issues around Climate Change, education, the economy, and agriculture are not nearly as complicated as President Trump “makes them out to be,” all while seemingly oblivious that the previous administration is responsible for the “problems” Trump is working to fix.
Obama explained to the audience, “the reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.”
The ex-POTUS appeared to be referencing Trump’s tribute to his mother Mary MacLeod Trump, who died in 2000, when he credited her for “so much of what I’ve done and so much of what I’ve become.”
According to the Daily Mail, since leaving office, Obama has pointedly avoided direct criticism of his successor, making a calculated effort not to utter Trump’s name.
But the gloves came off as he campaigned ahead of the midterm elections and assailed Republicans for failing to keep Trump in check.
“What happened to the Republican Party?” asked Obama in September in a speech where he accused Trump of “capitalizing” on “fear and anger.”
Calling out the president by name, Obama said Trump was a “symptom, not the cause” of broader ailments in the nation’s politics.
And in another dig at Trump on Monday, Obama suggested the US was a better place before he was sworn into office.
In a conversation with author Dave Eggers, Obama also repeated his belief that if you could choose a time and place to be born, you would choose the US.
But he amended that thought and said: “You’d choose now – or maybe two years ago.”
At the summit on Monday night, Obama also maintained that what prevents change that would make the world a better place is the people involved.
“What prevents us from implementing most of the things that we would probably collectively agree would make the world better is not the absence of technological solutions, it’s because there are humans involved and that the dynamics of the society,” he said.
“Do we care about these kids? Because maybe we don’t… They look a little different to us.”
Obama also urged community organizers and social innovators to be patient in their pursuits of wide-scale change.
“You can remake the world right now because it badly needs remaking,” he said.
He noted that patience is needed because societies are “complex, organic things that you don’t turn (like) switches. They evolve. They shift. They change.”
But he said he has faith in the next generation because they are “ahead of the curve.”
He added: “The thing that inspires me whenever I come to these gatherings… is that this generation behind us is smarter, more sophisticated, more tolerant, more welcoming, more innovative, more creative, certainly than I was.
“I’ll go ahead and speak for my whole generation, I think. Y’all are ahead of the curve. And you’re no less idealistic, in some ways, you’re more idealistic.
“And you feel a greater sense of urgency about wrongs that need to be righted.”
Obama also talked extensively about his background as a community organizer, his experiences as a politician and writing his book.
He joked writing the book is a “brutal” process that is causing strain in his marriage now that Michelle Obama has launched her book tour.
“I’m just sitting there, I type two words… delete them. You know what? Michelle’s out there, go buy her book right now.
“This is causing some strain in our marriage. The fact that she is finished and I am not.”
The Obama summit is a two-day conference that brings together civic innovators and community activists from around the world to network and exchange ideas.