Why Obama Should Think Again About Speaking Out as an Ex-President
By The New York Post Editorial Board
President Obama has signaled that he’ll break with tradition and speak out on political issues after leaving the White House — almost surely in opposition to his successor. We hope he thinks this one through again.
In Peru on Sunday, Obama refused to commit to sitting on the sidelines. On core issues “about our values and our ideals,” he said, “I’ll examine it when it comes.”
He was more blunt to Organizing for Action activists: “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”
He surely realizes that speaking out after January puts at risk his current popularity, and is willing to pay that price to defend his principles. Heck, for all his 2008 talk of having a “post-partisan” White House, he wound up becoming one of America’s most partisan presidents ever.
But that didn’t work out too well: His leadership has cost his party dearly in Congress and in the states — leaving Democrats in their worst shape in nearly a century.
Yes, the press still adores him, and desperate Dems may welcome his help. Thing is, he hasn’t been great at selling anything except himself.
His pitch for ObamaCare never swayed the public — Democrats passed the law despite its unpopularity, and have been paying for it at the polls ever since. Nor did he ever persuade the voters to love the Iran deal, his other big “legacy” item. And Hillary Clinton lost despite Obama’s every campaign effort.