In the American tradition, former presidents tend to say very little about their successors. And with this in mind, while Barack Obama has no doubt been tempted in recent months to condemn Donald Trump and his actions, Obama has been restrained, giving the new president a wide berth.
But just a couple of days before Trump’s inauguration, Obama acknowledged that while the White House and Congress would make their own determinations about the nation’s direction in the coming years, and he intended to stay out of it, that principle is not absolute.
“There’s a difference,”Obama said, “between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake.”
Less than two weeks after leaving office, this led Obama toissue a statementresponding to the Trump White House’s proposed Muslim ban. This afternoon, with the American health care system in peril, the former presidentspoke up again, this time via social media.
The Democrat’s 1,000-wordstatementis worth reading in its entirety, and it clearly has more than one audience in mind. Part of Obama’s message clearly intends to encourage health care advocates and their allies to remain engaged and fight to prevent the nation from falling backwards.