With the United States continuing to reel from the weaponization of a number of federal agencies for political purposes under President Barack Obama, the former president received an award for ethics in government.
And while delivering a speech Friday at the University of Illinois, for the first time since leaving office, Obama criticized President Donald Trump by name. But Obama did not stop there, daring to take credit for the booming Trump economy.
“When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama said, citing jib numbers during his final years in office.
Never mind that the economy was stagnant throughout Obama’s tenure, even with job growth.
Forbes reported that “the 2009-15 recovery since the recession ended in June of 2009 has been the meekest in more than 50 years.”
And while Obama’s was the first administration to never see a whole year of 3% GDP growth, the Wall Street Journal reported in July that with “4.1% growth in the second quarter, the U.S. economy has now averaged 3.1% growth for the last six months.”
Yesterday, a Dept. of Labor report showed that unemployment benefits fell to the lowest number in nearly five decades.
No need for Obama phones in Trump’s economy!
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 6, 2018
Two things remain constant with Barack Obama, his condescending lectures and the media’s slobbering lover affair with the former president.
Ironically, the man who single-handedly set back race relations in this country half a century criticized Trump for capitalizing on racial and economic resentments.
“It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause,” Obama said, as the crowd broke out in applause over the criticism.
“He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years,” he added. “A fear, an anger that’s rooted in our past, but is also born of the upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
This is Obama at his best, ignoring reality as he sets the political narrative. Looking down his nose at Americans who don’t look like him, characterizing any resistance to his failed progressive ideology as a fear of change.
President Trump’s Twitter account has been quiet thus far in light of the attack, but don’t count on that lasting very long.
Meanwhile, plenty of others sounded off:
So this is the Obama economy – according to Obama? Hahahahaha
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) September 7, 2018
Stocks are up 6000 pts in 1 1/2 years. More people are @ work due to removing Obama regulations. People are bringing home more $ now than under Obama. Trump has done a better job with the economy. Obama can’t blame Bush for the economy during his 1st term and take credit for this
— Derek (@djones7861) September 7, 2018
Obama … LIES LEIS LIES
He is trying to take credit for our booming economy 🤣
Are you kidding me SMH
— cne wlms (@cnewlms1) September 7, 2018
I remember the Obama economy. 2% GDP growth was the new norm and manufacturing jobs were not coming back. Wrong! 400,000 manufacturing jobs since Trump and 4.2 GDP growth. No more apologies for USA. Republicans vote or back we go.
— Bill Mandrola (@boppo36) September 7, 2018
#REALNEWS: Unemployment below 4%. More jobs than workers. Real wages up. This is result of Trump reduced regulation, lower taxes, pro-business and pro-jobs as a correction for failed very left wing Obama economy. This makes Deep State even angrier.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 7, 2018
Obama almost ruined America and took us to a place of nearly unrecoverable ruin
Donald Trump has turned America around and brought us back to prosperity, dominance, and excellence
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 7, 2018
There are, however, a lot of experts who point to data showing that the “Obama recovery” was stifled or at least held back significantly by Obama Administration decisions. https://t.co/3gaoDdjqjg
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 7, 2018
While there was plenty of sobering backlash to Obama’s ridiculous claim, there was plenty more accolades from those who actually believe him.
It’s a scary reality, and always an uphill battle.
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