If there were an award for lack of self-awareness, not only would Obama win it this year, he’d be inducted into the hall of fame. Mr. “Pen and Phone” is actually warning President-elect Donald Trump to not overuse his power by issuing too many executive orders. For those of you trying to block the memory of the past 8 years, Obama ran his entire presidency bypassing Congress and legislating from the White House with executive action.
Obama took some time off trying to delegitimize Trump’s presidency to sit down for an interview with NPR. He touched on a lot of subjects like Russian hacking and “fake news” but those complaints are old news. His biggest new revelation is that he doesn’t want Trump running the country the same way he did.
“Keep in mind, though, that my strong preference has always been to legislate when I can get legislation done. In my first two years, I wasn’t relying on executive powers, because I had big majorities in the Congress and we were able to get bills done, get bills passed. And even after we lost the majorities in Congress, I bent over backwards consistently to try to find compromise and a legislative solution to some of the big problems that we’ve got — a classic example being immigration reform, where I held off for years in taking some of the executive actions that I ultimately took in pursuit of a bipartisan solution — one that, by the way, did pass through the Senate on a bipartisan basis with our help,” said Obama.
I wonder what color the sky is in Obama’s fantasy world. I would like for him to give any examples of himself bending over backwards to reach a bipartisan compromise on anything. His modus operandi was to publicly shame the Republicans for not bowing before him and then telling them they were going to do things “my way or the highway.” He never met with any GOP member of Congress for any reason, choosing to communicate through snarky TV interviews and DNC fundraiser speeches.
With that, Obama had this “advice” for the incoming president:
“So my suggestion to the president-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better, in part because it’s harder to undo,” said Obama without an ounce of self-awareness.
That’s kind of like Obama telling Trump he shouldn’t lie about doctors or waste taxpayer money on endless vacations. Obama has used executive orders excessively, though he often called them “executive actions” to make it seem less despotic. He enacted gun control, raised the minimum wage, rewrote immigration law, forced an LGBT agenda, and enacted all sorts of job-killing regulations with the stroke of his magic pen. He even changed his signature ACA, all without the Constitutionally required approval from Congress.
If you notice, Obama threw in a part about how passing laws is harder to undo than executive orders, and that’s what’s really going on here. Obama’s only accomplishments after 8 years in the White House are the result of his executive actions, and he knows as easily as he signed them, Trump can toss them in the trash. He’s basically saying to Trump, “please don’t undo my pathetic legacy” and in typical Obama fashion, he’s being a dick about it.