Time away from the White House has apparently not helped former President Barack Obama become more self-aware.
At a New Jersey campaign event Thursday for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy, Obama told his party it is time for “rejecting a politics of division.”
In his first time stepping back into the political spotlight since vacating the White House in January, Obama spoke to the crowd at a Newark hotel as he campaigned for his former ambassador to Germany.
“You are going to send a message to the country, and you will send a message to the world that we are rejecting a politics of division,” Obama said. “We are rejecting a politics of fear. We are embracing a politics that says everybody counts.”
Says one of the most divisive presidents in American history. https://t.co/u5Y1miOe1P
— Twin Peaks Rebel (@rpkelly) October 20, 2017
He learned this the hard way. https://t.co/9Syme7ZCZ1
— Mo Mo (@molratty) October 20, 2017
Going to wager on lack of self-awareness rather than “learned” here.
— Lionel Mandrake (@LMandrakeJr) October 20, 2017
Though he never mentioned President Trump by name, Obama’s thinly veiled jabs at the president were pretty obvious.
“What we can’t have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before that dates back centuries,” Obama continued.
“Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed,” he added. “That’s folks looking 50 years back. It’s the 21st century, not the 19th century, come on.”
Obama says “he hasn’t commented on politics lately” but says one thing he knows is “division doesn’t work”
— Jordan J Frasier (@jordanjfrasier) October 19, 2017
The former Liar in Chief, it seems, is still living up to his reputation
— Susie White (@swhite1109) October 20, 2017
And if anyone knows about dividing the American people into as many segments (as many as he was able) it would be Pres Obama. #Divisive
— Political Grace (@PolitcalGrace) October 20, 2017
He would know since he divided people for 8 years. https://t.co/tS4libDLK9
— Mark Teister (@MTeister) October 20, 2017
Murphy is running against Republican Kim Guadagno, currently New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor.
“Phil Murphy is the one who will divide New Jersey,” Guadagno’s spokesman, Ricky Diaz, said according to The Washington Post. Diaz warned the Democratic candidate will raise the state’s taxes to a level that “only the über rich like him will be able to afford to live here.”
Obama made another campaign stop in Richmond, Virginia, in support of Democrat Ralph Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, who is running against former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie for governor.
“We’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage. Sometimes that feels frustrating,” he told the crowd in Virginia, CNBC reported.
“Do you want a politics of division and distraction, or do you want a better kind of politics?” Obama says in Virginia
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 19, 2017
A better kind, which is why we have President Trump.
— Micheal Smith (@MilitantMustach) October 20, 2017
Obama today said he “laments the politics of division.”
What a joke. Obama is the most divisive President this country has ever had.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 19, 2017
Obama’s disturbing lack of self-awareness provided an unwanted bit of nostalgia for many on social media.
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He’s currently campaigning for a gov candidate, commented on travel ban & DACA, & used division to great effect as a political figure. https://t.co/I1fhyZ9Wts
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 19, 2017
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”
“Argue with neighbors, get in their faces”
“They cling to guns or religion” https://t.co/75owqjjbE1
— Will (@Oil_Guns_Merica) October 20, 2017
He lost 1100 seats. He’s an expert in failure. https://t.co/1RtkoRU8kO
— Problematic AF™?? (@EF517_V2) October 20, 2017
In a speech, Obama said the current level of racial division in today’s politics is pathetic. Yeah, no one could elevate it like he could.
— On A Ledge Somewhere (@LedgeSomewhere) October 19, 2017
Hey Obama. YOU BUILT THIS.
— DH (@DH82527441) October 20, 2017
But that’s what he and his former cabinet keep doing—encouraging people to “resist” and “protest” against Trump.
— AD Palmer (@triumphtimes) October 20, 2017
coming from the man and party that divides people by race, age, gender , sexual orentation and religion ..
— robert zoll (@robertzoll5) October 19, 2017
That’s rich, coming from the Divider-In-Chief himself…
— Jamie (@RJamieGibson) October 19, 2017
Most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen or even heard of.
— Wrecking_Ball (@Healing_USA) October 20, 2017
What!!! Obama rejects racial divisiveness??? He didn’t invent it but he & Dems perfected racial division & politics https://t.co/lualFiB652
— Charles Hall (@thecharleschall) October 20, 2017
— The Hard Truth (@Megalodon_15) October 20, 2017
President Obama gets to lecture to no one about the politics of division “these days.”
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) October 19, 2017
Division is sll he knows. He should shut up and go away!
— SwampCrazyElaine (@Erunner110) October 20, 2017