Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement Monday supporting the protests going on around the country, and speaking out against discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion, saying “American values are at stake.”
Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama — who has been threading the balance between the tradition of presidents deferring to their successors and coming out against President Donald Trump on specific issues he considered core values — “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
“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,” Lewis said.
“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 or religion,” Lewis said.
Well that was carefully worded, but it still made the point that Obama is horrified by what Trump is doing to this country.
I have to imagine it is killing President Obama to stay silent on everything that is happening since he left office.
In fact I imagine that it is breaking his heart.
And I have to believe, despite the unwritten rule about ex-presidents not criticizing current White House occupants, that he may not be able to do so much longer.
President Obama was above all a patriot with a great and abiding love for this country, and its citizens.
Right now his country and its citizens are suffering immensely, so how long can unwritten guidelines and a sense of decorum keep our greatest President from coming to the aid of his people?