While Barack Obama reached his constitutionally-imposed term limit as president, his short post-presidency is quickly demanding for limits on his celebritydom. From cavorting with celebrities to buffooning with billionaires, Mr. No Drama is living an ongoing social media post.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) February 7, 2017
As I remarked in my Now Age Minute column this week, I’ve been curious ever since after his 2008 election, when he stacked his team with corporate Clinton loyalists, whether Obama would emerge from his presidency in the compassionate Carter mold or the greedy Clinton style, given his background as a community organizer. As it turns out, he’s even more embarrassingly and obnoxiously luxuriating than I’d ever imagined. And I’m not alone in that critique, as pointed out by Fox News,
The Democratic base is growing increasingly frustrated with former President Barack Obama’s actions after leaving office, including a seemingly endless tour of millionaire and billionaire luxury retreats, according to Democrats and activists contacted by Fox News.
While Obamaites and loyal Democrats reading this (I don’t think so!) would be quick to point out that my quoted reference being Fox News should tell you that the sentiment I present is unfounded. Part of the problem is that much of the establishment news media in America is busy floating an unproven Russiagate story or pounding (rightly) on Trump, and fluff about the last guy just doesn’t sell advertising. So let’s see what liberal, late night talk show host John Oliver has to say about Barry’s antics:
Unfortunately for the rest of us, Obama didn’t take Oliver’s admonition to heart, as his comments were made back in February, and the former president has only continued his in-your-face-struggling-Americans luxuriating, including a jaunt to the late Marlon Brando’s still private island, causing former Carter Administration pollster, Pat Caddell, to remark to Fox,
When is he going to do anything to help people other than enrich himself? How can he possibly be doing things? How do you do things from Marlon Brando’s island? It’s in stark contrast to Carter.
You might call me envious in my criticism of the former president’s lifestyle of the rich and famous. But, while I wouldn’t turn down some extra cash, there’s nothing about his showboating that’s interesting or inspiring to me. And maybe that’s the problem. One can argue, and I have, that Obama’s legacy of sweetening up the coffers of the wealthy while pouring salt in the wounds of anyone who works for a wage (or worse) is what brought us his successor. Sure, Hillary played a large part, but Obama’s refusal to nourish his party’s bench (effectively blocking any younger, potential challenger to Hillary) left the Democrats in their worst governing position in many decades. So why then is he partying?
Perhaps Obama’s public hamming is proof-positive that he’s always been about him first. Barack is the embodiment of self worship. Sure, breaking the barrier as the first president of color has import, but that won’t be his lasting legacy. Barack Obama, in my view, will go down in history as the president who had the strongest populist wind at his back in modern history, only to do the bidding of Wall Street. It’s no wonder he went there just after he left office to collect his check. So, please Barack, have a little class, and spare struggling Americans your excesses. Hence, your celebrity is being term limited.
Celebrities are the problem. #TermLimits4Celebs is the solution.