When he was still President, Obama was asked if he’d criticize Donald Trump after he took office. George W. Bush has refused to comment publicly on the presidency of Barack Obama, so there was a question as to whether Barack Obama would continue the precedent.
He said that he wouldn’t, “unless he sincerely believed that Trump was a danger to the nation.”
And much like his campaign promises, he couldn’t keep his post-presidency promises for long.
As the Huffington Post reported:
Former President Barack Obama released a statement on Monday expressing solidarity with those protesting his successor’s ban on travelers and refugees entering the United States from certain Muslim-majority countries.
The statement, issued under the name of Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis, was the first time that Obama has weighed in on Donald Trump’s presidency. And though it did not mention Trump by name or directly criticize the executive order that he signed on Friday, the implication was one of disapproval.
The statement reads:
President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.
Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.
With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.
Of course, all this concern is despite the fact that Obama did practically the same thing when he was President.
As Breitbart reminds us, in 2013, ABC News first revealed that in 2011, Obama’s State Department had imposed a freeze over the processing of Iraqi refugees for six months. The halt was the result of the discovery of two al-Qaida members admitted as refugees from Iraq who were living in Bowling Green, Kentucky and who had admitted to targeting U.S. troops in Iraq.
That’s a longer halt than Trump’s “ban,” and did that generate any outrage? Nope!