Former President Barack Obama did not want to hit the campaign trail but he felt it was necessary.
“I think we were in a circumstance in this election in which certain norms, certain institutional values that are so extraordinarily important, had been breached – that it was important for me, as somebody who had served in that office, to simply let people know, ‘This is not normal,’” Obama said, according to TMZ.
“It’s very hard for our democracy to function if we are operating on just completely different sets of facts,” he added.
Obama addressed criticism he received about how he didn’t do enough for Black America, saying, “I think a lotta people expected, ‘Well, we got this young, progressive president. And now suddenly we’re gonna eliminate inequality and, you know, we’re immediately gonna have universal health care.”
“And we’re gonna have climate change legislation, and immigration reform, and criminal justice reform,’ and all the things that I wanted to get done. But what I understood very early on is, the federal government, headed by the president, is an ocean liner; it is not a speedboat,” he said.
“Ten years from now, 20 years from now, the work you’ve done maybe appreciated as having been good and helpful. But at the time, it can feel like, ‘Wow, this isn’t happening fast enough!’”
In his new memoir, “A Promised Land,” Obama trashed conservatives as being filled with “racial anxieties” and blamed former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for mainstreaming bigotry.
“Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party — xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks — were finding their way to center stage,” Obama accuses in the memoir, as noted by The Blaze.
As noted by The Blaze, Obama “accuses the Republican Party of appealing to white Americans’ supposed anxieties about the first black president to thwart his agenda, a strategy that ‘had migrated from the fringe of GOP politics to the center — an emotional, almost visceral, reaction to my presidency, distinct from any differences in policy or ideology.’”
But wait, it gets worse.
Obama also writes that the bigotry supposedly unleashed by Palin was a byproduct of his presence, “a Black man,” in the White House:
“It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,” he says. “Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.”
In another portion of the book, Obama claims he chose Joe Biden as his running mate in part because of his white skin and America’s supposed racism.