Once again, the Condescender-in-Chief, Barack Obama, has shown his true colors. This time, he had the audacity to criticize Senator Tim Scott, a descendant of actual slaves and a proud representative of South Carolina, for expressing optimism about racial progress in America. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Obama arrogantly pontificated about the causes of “right-wing populism,” attributing it to what he called “massive concentrations of wealth” and the need for more government intervention.
Firstly, let’s set the record straight: we are a republic, not a democracy. Obama’s misguided understanding of our system of governance is revealing. Furthermore, his inclination to blame economic factors alone and prescribe Marxist solutions is deeply concerning. There is much more at play than just wealth redistribution.
But what truly highlights Obama’s lack of self-awareness is his hypocritical stance on wealth. Despite his rhetoric, Obama and his wife have amassed massive wealth through exorbitant book deals, production deals with Netflix, and lucrative speaking engagements. They live in luxury homes and have benefited tremendously from their post-presidential ventures. It seems Obama’s concept of “enough money” is conveniently fluid.
Another area where Obama displays a painful lack of self-awareness is his analysis of right-wing populism. He conveniently ignores or fails to realize that one of its primary drivers is the belief that the government is working against the people. Obama himself laid the foundation for this sentiment during his presidency. He fostered division and weaponized the government, using it to target conservatives and silence dissent. His condescending remarks about Americans who cling to their faith, guns, and cultural values only further fueled the resentment that led to the rise of right-leaning populism.
Barack Obama may try to distance himself from the consequences of his own policies, but he cannot escape the fact that he is the architect of the very division and populism he now criticizes. He lacks the self-awareness to acknowledge his own role in creating the conditions that gave rise to the current political climate. Obama’s legacy is one of a president who pitted Americans against each other and used his power to suppress conservative voices.