During the 2008 election, in comments distressingly similar to Hillary’s “Deplorables” speech, then candidate Obama maligned large numbers of Americans opposing his election as those bitter as a result of unwelcome changes to America, and as clinging to their guns and religion as a result. Known as the “Bitter Clingers” statement, the condescension and antipathy inherent in his remarks then, and Hillary’s Deplorables speech more recently, reflect the extent to which the increasingly dogmatic, intolerant, elitist Left truly despises large number of Americans, including those who just elected Trump.
Obama’s reaction to Trump’s election has been marked by considerable bitterness directed against those who he blames for the election loss, rather than trying to understand the reasons why fully two thirds of the public thought that the country was on the wrong track on the eve of the election. Obama’s reaction to the election has also been marked by his clinging to the prerogatives of the Presidency, through the increasingly frenetic – and excessive – exercise of power in the waning days of his Presidency. In a clear case of becoming what you hate, Obama’s conduct since the election has revealed him to be a true Bitter Clinger.
Obama’s recent exercise of power has been largely directed towards two goals: The de-legitimization of President Elect Trump, and the safeguarding of what he believes is “his” legacy through the use – and abuse – of the power to enact last minute administrative regulations, issue executive orders, file lawsuits, and allow the UN to take action contrary to the best interests of America and its allies. That none of this is in the best interests of America appears to be acceptable collateral damage to Obama, since his main goal appears avoiding responsibility for his failures (and with it the results of the election), and of securing “his” legacy. Or, perhaps it is simply part of the continuing and more straightforward political goal of delegitimizing President Elect Trump, which if successful, will make it more difficult for a President Trump to correct the mistakes of the last eight years. Either way, it is a lose – lose proposition for America.