Barack Obama: Trump’s pandemic response has been an ‘absolute chaotic disaster’

Former US President Barack Obama participates at the World Travel & Tourism Council in Seville

As soon as I saw these headlines, I said “here, kitty kitty.” It’s classic political bait and it’s really obvious bait at that. With the white supremacist ghoul in the White House, no one has to play political chess these days. It really is just a matter of “saying something true about Donald Trump and wait for him to throw a tantrum.” And that’s exactly what Barack Obama is doing. Obama wants this fight. Obama has been waiting to fight with Trump head-to-head for years. The backstory is that Obama was doing a call with some “alumni” of the Obama administration, many of whom are working for Joe Biden or will be working for Biden this year. Obama knew that the details of this call would come out. He probably even knew that someone on the call was recording it. The point is that he wanted his criticisms of the Trump administration out there, because he wants this fight.

In a call with thousands of alumni of his administration Friday night, the contents of which were first reported by Yahoo! News, Obama also was harshly critical of the Justice Department directing prosecutors to drop its case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, warning that the “rule of law is at risk.” This is how “democracies become autocracies,” he warned.

And Obama slammed the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster…What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that that has become a stronger impulse in American life,” Obama said according to audio provided to Yahoo! News, the authenticity of which was confirmed by multiple sources who participated on the call. “It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic, and spotty, and it would have been bad, even with the best of governments,” he said.

Obama was careful not to name Trump often in the discussion, but was sharply critical of the Republican Party. He said that the party campaigns by stoking cynicism about whether government can effectively tackle the nation’s problems, and when they’re in power, takes steps to deliberately weaken it, making it a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” He said his biggest concern if Trump is reelected is that it would double-down on an “us versus them” attitude that has become more common in a highly partisan political environment, and risks redefining the nation’s identity from a melting pot that had welcomed and embraced diversity.

[From NBC News]

He’s worried that Trump’s reelection could be a “double-down on an ‘us versus them’ attitude”? That’s putting it mildly. I’m convinced that if Trump is reelected, we face nothing short of complete nuclear annihilation. Anyway, yes, the Trump White House has been an “absolute chaotic disaster” during the pandemic, and in general. They are agents of chaos and fascism and white supremacy. The new White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has already said a bunch of lies about how Trump is our Dear Fearless Leader or something, because George Orwell was some kind of time traveler.

And yes, Donald Trump spent most of the weekend throwing a Twitter tantrum about “Obamagate” because he’s a f–king child. Obama wants this fight.


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  1. Ruby_Woo says:

    #Obamagate was trending on UK twitter this morning. It looks like trash but I had a nosy to see what the fuss was about. All these calls to arrest Obama but absolutely no actual reasons or evidence. Just random accounts saying Obamagate over and over again.

    • Emily says:

      I tried to figure out what ObamaGate was but couldn’t find anything. It’s non-sensical. Just like the calls to “lock her up.”

      Sadly, many people, my own family included, think Trump is God’s agent.

      • Tifffany :) says:

        “Obamagate” is the work of Russian bots following Trump’s lead, that’s why it doesn’t really make any sense.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Their “reason” is that they claim that Flynn is a hero, not a traitor, that Obama set the saintly, heroic Flynn up, gave orders to the FBI to set Flynn up, and gave orders to spy on hero Trump. They live in opposite world. And, oh yes, in case we forget, Obama’s middle name is “Hussain,” he was born in Kenya, and he married a guy named Michael, who has the largest bulge ever seen. The ridiculous attacks on Michelle were all over Twitter yesterday.

    • lemonylips says:

      I was so deep in the BorisSpeach thread that I didn’t notice this at all. I think I was a bit scared for the first time since all of this started. Both of them (Trump and BoJo) are such vile idiots and today for the first time since the lockdown I just wish I hadn’t had anything to read about them, their opinions, behaviour – anything. It’s really frustrating. And yeah Obama has every right to criticize his successor. I’m glad he is. Just wish it could make some difference. Sorry guys, I needed to vent a little.

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        Seriously, as hard as it is – do try to give yourself a break from reading the news though. It’s good to be informed, but it can really start affecting you.

        The fact that Obama has been the president to critisise his successor says more about Trump than it does Obama, lol!

      • whatWHAT? says:

        O may be the first prez to criticize his successor, but 45 is the first prez to:
        mock a disabled person
        admit to sexual assault on tape
        denigrate parents of dead soldiers
        mock a war hero
        give schoolyard nicknames to his opponents
        grift as much as he can from being in office
        install children/children-in-law in major “advisor” roles
        conspire with foreign govts to win the office of the presidency

        Who else wants to play?…

      • lemonylips says:

        @Ruby_Woo thanks; that’s a good advice. I was actually on that route ’till last night. Will do myself a favour and try to continue with it for a couple of days. The only problem is the quizz night so I have ’till Thursday to relax from these kind of news.

      • Jerusha says:

        @whatWHAT. Previous Prez’s did not, as a rule, criticize their predecessors, either. Add that to trump’s assholery.

    • Suz says:

      They are calling to arrest him? See, THIS is where we all get to see how Trump’s cult followers really do not understand what freedom of speech protected under the U.S. Constitution is. They love to rail against anyone who criticizes their racist arguments on social media. “Whatever happened to mah freedum of speech?” Freedom of speech means the government can’t arrest you for what you say. And here are these cultists pounding on their Cheeto dust-covered keyboards to have Obama, a private citizen, arrested for criticizing the current presidential administration and a political party.

  2. BlueSky says:

    Orange menace will never come close to being anything like Obama and he knows it. Obama is speaking facts, something the thin skinned emperor has an aversion to.
    Instead of focusing on the fact that you got owned, maybe focus on the fact that COVID 19 is spreading rapidly throughout the WH.

    • NatureLover says:

      Yes, and he is incredibly jealous of Obama which started when he had his inauguration and screamed for weeks that is was the largest attended inauguration EVER in history. When the news outlets started comparing Drumpfs to Obama, he became unhinged! He couldn’t accept the fact that there were so many people who came out to support Obama and since that day, Drumpf has continued to destroy the exceptional programs that Obama created. Drumpf has such an enormous ego that he rules by, he can’t contain himself when he is criticized. He went nuts when GW Bush made a PS about COVID 19, which also sent him off of his rails!! It’s quite comical as to in incessant temper tantrums!!

  3. anniefannie says:

    OMG! Trump could only dream of showing the restraint that our former President has shown. Now that re-election campaigns are going to start our dear leaders petulance and wounded pride will be on full display.

    • Esmom says:

      And they dare accuse Obama of breaking from “decorum and decency?” THIS is what has been met frustrating about the Trump era. Hypocrisy, shame, lies, none of it matters to the GOP. It’s never been a level playing field.

      And I hate to say it but Obama’s relatively mild comments strike me as a few steps behind where we actually are with Trump. I get that Obama is, ironically, still trying to be somewhat diplomatic, but JFC, this is a five alarm fire and we’re all trapped in the burning house about to die.

      • Tifffany :) says:

        It is laughable that the Trump admin would say anything about Obama’s “decorum”. Trump is the most uncivilized President we’ve ever had.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        Exactly. Trump supporters LOVE when he upends decorum and tradition (gotta trigger the libs durr durr) but become unhinged if someone else does the same.

      • jwoolman says:

        Obama was cautious on the phone call because he knew it was being recorded and the audio would be “leaked”. The man really is very skilled with words.

        Probably only his wife knows what he really thinks about Trump…

    • Ange says:

      Right?! Like Trump will keep his mouth shut once his presidency ends. He’ll be first in line to throw his successor under the bus to protect his shitty legacy.

  4. Darla says:

    Yep, he triggered him alright.

    • B n A fn says:

      He’s fighting tooth and nails to stay in office because he knows when he leaves all his illegal deeds in office will be coming out. I hope they all end up in jail. He won the last election with the help from Putin and he’s back getting help from Putin because he knows he cannot win fair and square, he has to cheat, and he will cheat. I hope the dems are watching him like a hawk.

  5. Léna says:

    How is this even an scandal in the mind of these stupid people? They really can’t handle criticism, especially from Obama

    • Juls says:

      Obama is just “telling it like it is” which is something they LOVE about Trump (nevermind the fact that they have to explain everything Dumpty says because it’s all nonsensical, or “thats not what he meant and u know it!” Hmmmmmmmm). Stupidity and hypocrisy are a dangerous combination indeed. Dumpty supporters have to do so many mental gymnastics and twist their brains into pretzels to defend him, Im shocked they haven’t all stroked out.

  6. Aang says:

    I can find plenty of fault with the Obama administration’s record. What I can not find fault with is his character. He is 100,000,000 x’s the man trump is. Trump knows it, trumps fans know it, and it drives them bonkers.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    He’s 100% correct, and not saying anything that isn’t being said 1 million times every day.
    I agree it was intentional, and well thought out.

  8. B n A fn says:

    I’m guessing he thought Barack Obama was afraid of him all those months he has been poking him. Now BO pushed back and he’s squealing like …. I hope BO become engaged in the fight we are having and get this conman out on November 3rd. Vote blue up and down the ballot this year. I cannot see this man who has been partially responsible for the deaths of over 80,000 people and the largest unemployment since the depression gets re-elected.

    This morning, on tv, I saw a farmer crying because he and his family are about to lose their farm. They voted for the conman and now they see they were taken in by a con artist. I hope they learned a lesson and know you cannot vote for a man who had filed bankruptcy five times and could ever be a good fit running this country to prosperity. He will do to the country what he did to his businesses, just saying.

    • Tifffany :) says:

      People are losing their farms even after Trump gave more than $30 BILLION in bailouts to them. His trade war with China has been so devastating to farmers, and it is sad to see people lose their family’s farm because of his reckless decisions. I think people sincerely believed in him. But he was never on the side of the little farmer. He is a corporate man through and through, and factory farms (which are sometimes foreign owned) will gain strength under Trump’s presidency.

      It is amazing to me that the farm bailouts that have been paid by US tax dollars have gotten such little scrutiny. You know if a democratic president would do such a thing that they’d be accused of being wasteful.

      • jwoolman says:

        I think the big factory farms got most of that bailout money, not the family farms. Same as with the package for small businesses, it went more to big corporations whose teams of lawyers were first in line to apply. Very few actually small businesses got anything.

        Trump never lets loose of any of our tax dollars unless it benefits him directly or indirectly. If anybody thinks he is not getting kickbacks on such things or campaign donations easily funneled into his pockets, please consider bidding on a nice bridge I have for sale.

  9. BearcatLawyer says:

    No lies detected. Unlike Cheeto Mussolini who lies every time he opens his pie hole.

  10. FHMom says:

    The truth hurts, doesn’t it Donald?

  11. Melissa says:

    If it walks like a duck

  12. A says:

    Yes, but was he wearing a tan suit while he did it? Because then…it’s just the WORST ever.

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I actually had an unbelievable weekend. People know not to bring up Nematode around me because I spew venom. And because of Mother’s Day, my boys and their women dropped by bringing a crap ton of food lol. Thing is, Nematode popped up. I got up to do something while they began saying things I’ve been saying since 2015. For five years, I’ve been buckling under high blood pressure when hearing justifications or anything suggesting giving chances, and yesterday I just stood there, mouth open wearing a dumb face then quickly switching to a you-gotta-be-kidding-me face. So many things I wanted to say. So so many. I just smiled and told them I loved them again lol. Despising Nematode collectively was a great Mother’s Day present. 😁

    Obamagate is hilarious. Their torches and pitchforks are permanently superglued to their idiot bodies. They have to sleep with them, work with them, live with them. They deserve their hateful, ignorant existences, and they deserve how the future will write about them throughout time.

  14. Capepopsie says:

    BO holds more dignity in the fingernail of his pinkie
    than DT does in his entire body. 🙉

    • Seraphina says:

      I would agree but I don’t think Trump has any divinity due to how his behavior has been to women and his most trust officials.

      PBO, I miss those days of when he was POTUS 😩. Speak the truth PBO!!!

    • Green_Eyes says:

      Can’t compare Obama‘s pinkie to Trump‘s it’s not fair. We all know hooves are bigger than pinkies of course Obama wins.

  15. Redgrl says:

    God almighty I miss President Obama!

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I watched Michelle Obama’s Becoming on Netflix with the family for Mother’s Day. It was so bittersweet–It was wonderful to relive those eight years. They were such an incredible first family and she inspires so many people, but she had to put up with such intense racism. If you haven’t seen it, it is definitely worth the watch (and will annoy dear leader and the republicans if it gets good ratings as well)

  16. Darla says:

    Trump is going to get Barr to prosecute some former Obama administration officials. I think we better buckle up because this week is going to be crazy. I don’t know who they’re going to prosecute first, I really don’t. Maybe Comey? Maybe someone lower down. But it’s happening. And that’s the end of everything when it does.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      I’ve heard this rumor as well. Their corruption is in plain sight, so their only defense is to attack Democrats first. It’s a vicious, unrelenting strategy that’s designed for the short term–everything the GOP does now is for one reason–to win the election. It’s all that matters to them. We can’t let that happen.

    • Tifffany :) says:

      I agree. This is part of “activating the death star” as Pascale said was happening.

  17. Christin says:

    Life has shown me that those who talk the most trash about others often cannot handle any dusting of truth that comes their way. You really know you’ve spoken truth when it rattles someone to rant (or tweet) 100 times in a single day.

    I completely agree that this was a known release. It made me happy to envision the the spot-on discussion, and the possible wink-type comments below may have made. Something like, “Now this is just us, but if it gets to the media, then so be it.”

  18. Veronica S. says:

    LOL, what? I mean, even ignoring the obvious deflection tactic, the first president to not talk sh*t about a successor? Really?? Have any of these people opened a history book before? Carter, Bush, Ford, Clinton – ALL of them mean-boyed each other. You ever read any of the antics that went on in the earliest administrations? The musical “Hamilton” wasn’t too far off the mark lol. “Decorum.” Get out of here. Dick Cheney once told somebody on the Senate floor to “f*ck off” and was PROUD of it.

  19. pineapple says:

    So, I am trying to type up a comment …. and I don’t even know what to say.

    I wish all of the intelligent, sensible politicians start speaking out about Trump. All of them. Republican and Democrat. All of them. It is so true. It is just so, so true, what Obama said.

    Dear Gosh, that man is a class act. It took until this Pandemic for him to speak out. He truly held his tongue on some crazy stuff. I am thrilled his opinion is out there now. Thrilled. How insane? To have your predecessor be an authoritarian liar. So, so odd.

  20. KellyRyan says:

    Obama, decent human being, thoughtful, Constitutional attorney vs Drumpf, PT Barnum whose mentor was Roy Cohn, business and relationship failure. I wonder who I’d choose, said with sarcasm.

  21. Frida_K says:

    I miss President Obama with every fiber of my being.

  22. emmy says:

    I laughed hard at those tweets. Maybe it was hysteria but for some reason my brain wouldn’t go anywhere else today. OBAMAGATE! 🤣 Oh my God, this dumbf*ck.

  23. Emily says:

    Is anyone worried Trump might actually arrest Obama and take the US into full dictatorship territory?