President Obama has been very respectful and tolerant of Republicans and their hateful racist rhetoric throughout his entire tenure in office. That’s going to change in January.
For eight years, Republicans have called President Obama every name is the book, including the N-word. They have conspired to block him from signing any and all bills into law and have threatened government shutdowns in attempts to force him to give them their way. And Republicans have constantly lied about him, whether it’s claiming that he will take everyone’s guns or that he is a secret Muslim or that he is somehow turning America into a fascist or a communist regime. They’ve called him a dictator and a tyrant, called for his death, and have flatly refused to work with him on any issue.
Through it all, President Obama has respected the dignity of the office he holds and has largely refused to give the GOP the tongue-lashing they deserve.
But a new Inauguration Day will be here in four short months, and President Obama will have absolutely no problem ripping Republicans a new one on a daily basis once he officially leaves office.
During an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for Vanity Fair, President Obama suggested that he’s not going to lead a quiet post-presidency like other presidents have done. He intends to speak up and do so loudly without constraint while using his experience as a community organizer and his celebrity status to fight for change on a grassroots level.
“The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege,” Obama said.
“With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that I cannot say, not out of any political concerns, but out of prudential concerns of the office. There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about.”
In other words, President Obama has been holding back for years out of respect for the office. But watch out Republicans. Because when he is out of office it will be on like Donkey Kong and he’ll have the popularity, the platform, and the experience to club you over the head with for decades to come.
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