Once a president has left office it is customary for him to quietly return to private life.
Following the election of Barack Obama in 2008, president George W. Bush moved back home to Dallas and did his best to stay out of the spotlight. The same cannot be said about the previous commander in chief, Barack Obama, who has been an outspoken critic of the current administration.
Today at the University of Illinois Obama gave a fiery speech during which he not only called out president Trump, but he also took credit for the current state of the economy.
“When you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama said. “I’m glad it’s continued, but when you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on … I have to kind of remind them, actually those job numbers are kind of the same as they were in 2015 and 2016.”
Former President Barack Obama takes credit for Trump’s booming economy.
While job growth has stayed relatively the same, the fact is that the country’s GDP has grown at a rate higher than any year Obama had been in office.
Obama didn’t stop there. He went on to blame Trump for trying to “keep us divided,” by saying the current administration continues to use fear tactics.
“Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change,” he said. “More often it’s manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep up cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege.”
In typical fashion, Obama also stated that Trump is discriminating against others, while offering no proof to back up his claims.
“We are supposed to stand up to discrimination. And we sure as heck are supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.”
The former president says that Trump is trying to divide this nation, but it would appear that he is doing a lot more to keep Americans pitted against one another. Perhaps he is just bitter that Trump has done more in less than two years in office than he did during his entire tenure.