President Obama Says Leaders Like Sarah Palin Paved A Way For Donald Trump
On February 19th President Obama visited Canada to speak at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Topics included climate change, socioeconomics, the oil and gas industry and the unique relationship between the US and Canada.
The former president Obama worked to steer the conversation away from the current US administration. He did however speak to the impact of social media saying “There’s enormous potential around social media but it is toxic in many ways. It’s harder to call people names if you are sitting face to face.”
When asked to look back at his presidency, he said one of the most pivotal moments was when he went up against Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who later chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. According to Global News, he said it was the moment “mainstream Republicans lost control of their party.”
Obama went on to say that during this time the Republican party started to embrace populism and nativism (ie: the Birther movement). He believes, these moments created a path for Trump to be voted into presidency.
“Sarah Palin’s nomination suddenly brought that populist energy to the fore[ground] in the Republican Party and helped pave the way for President Trump’s presidency,” Obama said during the one-hour conversation.
Watch the video here.
The likeable president also didn’t mention any politician by name but told the audience that politics today seems to be more about showmanship and aggression.
“So much of what is trotted out as leadership is old-style beating your chest, being louder, being noisier, being more self-centered, being greedier and being more aggressive,” he said. “That can work for a short period of time, but it tends not to get the job done – not the complex modern society problems seen today.”
While some members of the audience called remember Obama as a family man, “positive” and “funny.” Others took their negative opinions about his appearance on Twitter. The 44th president garnered negative public opinions when he stopped pipeline projects with the US’ neighbors in the North.
When pressed about his previous decisions Obama said, “We’re gonna have to make some choices one way or the other – and either we’re gonna do it intentional and thoughtfully and seriously or it will happen to us.” The room swelled with applause as Obama continued, “And by the time it happens to us, it may be too late.”
When it comes to climate change, Obama said the facts are in.
“I’m an old-fashioned guy. I believe in facts, and the facts are the planet is getting warmer.”
He continued, “The facts are the planet is getting warmer and you can’t attribute any single climate episode to rising temperatures but what you do know is that over time you get more wildfires, and then you get more floods, and you get more hurricanes, and tsunamis of greater force.”
A couple weeks ago, President Obama made another public appearance with Steph Curry to celebrate their organization “My Brother’s Keeper.”
They were also joined my Tony and Grammy winning award artist John Legend. ‘MBK’ was created to “ improve outcomes for boys and young men of color by igniting efforts on national and local levels.”
Check out some of their conversation here:
By: Michae Baisden | Website: michae.net
Source:https://globalnews.ca/news/5025171/vancouver-barack-obama-sarah-palin-justin-trudeau/ / See Tweet here: https://twitter.com/ObamaFoundation/status/1100907891026989058