Obama Uses Final Weeks To Aggressively "Box In" Trump's Administration

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Not liking the outcome of the 2016 election, President Obama has apparently made the decision to use his final days in office to do everything possible to "box in" and undermine President-elect Trump.  The latest actions, of course, revolve around sanctions on several Russian entities and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats for "hacking" the election.  Unfortunately, that move seemingly backfired this morning when Putin announced that he "will not sink to the level of [Obama's] 'kitchen' diplomacy"...apparently "when the Obama's go low, Putin goes high"...to paraphrase the First Lady (see "Putin Stunner: 'We Will Not Expel Anyone; We Refuse To Sink To Obama's Level'").

Meanwhile, the reckless parting moves against Russian aren't the only unilateral actions Obama has made in his waning days to undermine the incoming Trump administration.  He also allowed the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement activity, permanently banned oil and gas drilling large swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, closed off 1.6 million acres of Western land to development through the creation of new "national monument" and scrapped the last vestiges of a registration system used largely on Muslim immigrants.

We wonder how long America's liberal snowflakes would spend rioting if similarly aggressive, hostile actions were taken by an outgoing Republican President?

Clearly, the unilateral moves and shear contempt for the will of the American people being displayed by the current administration is not sitting well with President-elect Trump.


Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway appeared on several stations last night to note that even the New York Times, and other outlets typically sympathetic to the Obama administration, are saying this is nothing more than a petty attempt to "box in" the incoming administration.

"Even those who are sympathetic to Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to "box in" President-elect Trump."


"That would be very unfortunate if politics were the motivating factor here.  But we can't help but think that's often true."


"Even the New York Times characterized as such that this may be an attempt to box him in to see what he'll do as President.  That's not the way that peaceful transitions of administrations work in our great democracy."


Per The Hill, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Obama’s actions could hamper the new administration, even as he praised the president’s team for being “very helpful” with the logistical aspects of the transition.  In other words, we would appreciate it if you didn't set fire to the world before leaving office but thanks for showing us where the coffee machine is.

“Both the regulatory stuff, the executive orders that are on the way out … that [is] something that I believe, you know, makes it a little bit tougher in terms of the transition on the policy side,” Spicer told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.

While Trump released a statement yesterday saying it was "time to move on" from the "Russian hacking" narrative and sent the following tweets regarding Obama's Israel snub...


...as The Hill points out, Trump's hands will be tied from a practical perspective with regards to a number of Obama's recent actions.

It’s unclear how many of Obama’s late actions Trump will able to reverse upon taking office.


Should Trump seek to scrap the sanctions on Russia next year, it could trigger a fight with congressional Republicans, who mostly praised the retaliatory steps Thursday even as they lambasted the Obama administration’s foreign policy.


Senior administration officials argued that any effort to roll back the sanctions would be “inadvisable” because they apply to Russian intelligence agencies working against America’s national interest.


“Hypothetically, you could reverse those sanctions,” one official told reporters. “But it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.”


The U.N. vote on Israeli settlements is another late move by Obama that complicates Trump’s policy goals.


But even if Trump follows through on changing U.S. policy toward Israel, it’s unlikely he will be able to repeal the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements.


To do so, he would need to convince nine members of the Security Council — and the four other members with veto power, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom — to back a measure scrapping the resolution.


The settlement resolution passed the council 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining. 

We look forward to the outrage from the mainstream media on the weekend political talk shows condemning these hostile actions from Obama.

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Perimetr's picture



Obama receives «The Overload» button as a New Year gift          

New Year gifts from Russia have arrived to the White House. A button with the word «Peregruzka» («The Overload») printed on it and a T-shirt with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, autographed (from «Hasta la vista» in Spanish) are among the presents. The gifts have been transferred to the presidential special services for a security check, the White House told the TV Channel Zvezda in a phone conversation.



Yesterday President Obama decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats.


In accordance with Obama Administration idea, the «Peregruzka» button was supposed to become a symbol of reset in Russian-U.S. bilateral relations. On March, the 6th, 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva, in InterContinental hotel, where Clinton gave her counterpart the symbolic button. There was the word «Reset» in English printed on the button, but the Russian version was misspelled, and instead of «Perezagruzka» («Reset») it said «Peregruzka» («Overload»). Lavrov explained the mistake to Americans, but preferred to comfort his embarrassed counterparts and proposed not to change the inscription.



«The Overload» button has been delivered to President Obama, whose mandate expires on January, the 20th, as far as he is the key ideologist of «overloading» the Russian-U.S. relations. These days the US President enjoys his eighth and final vacation in Hawaii. The President Administration didn’t comment on the gift.

Looney's picture


0bama is stupid enough to try and sue Trump for alimony.   ;-)


walküre's picture

wouldn't be surprised if the outgoing administration is going to crash the markets before Jan 20th

everything points to it with Obama's SCORCHED EARTH policy

WillyGroper's picture

at this point, i don't think he will be "outgoing."

hence the house he bought in the districtofcriminals.

jcaz's picture

Oh, Barry isn't gonna give up all the perks quietly- it's not like he has a job or career or skill to fall back onto.....

Pinto Currency's picture

Arrested development, narcissists do weird things when they confront their true image (loser).

ACES FULL's picture

Anything the Brown Clown does over a several week period, the Don can undo before lunch on his first day. Consider the contrasts in their work ethic for proof.

38BWD22's picture



If Trump were to come hard out of the gate by undoing as much of Obama's stupidity as possible, then he will get momentum to go further than if he acts slowly.  Fast change is what we need.  Like Reagan did re the air traffic controllers, letting the whole world know in a flash that there was a new sheriff in town.

If Trump dawdles, then he may not get much done.


HowdyDoody's picture

The Russians wind the 'rub his face in it' dial up to 11.

Churkin, the Russian represtative to the UN has said the Trump administration can be an important part of the Syrian neogtiations (unlike the Obomber regime).

DownWithYogaPants's picture

The libtards can only scream so loud.  Undo everything all at once and overload them Blitzkrieg style.

not dead yet's picture

Possibly not. The dyke he has in charge of the EPA has since the election exhorted her people to get as many new regulations on the books as they can before they are shown the door. Willing to bet other departments are doing the same thing. The Donald will be buried in regulation bullshit and would not know where to start undoing Obama's vindictive mess against him and the country. With Obama and his cronies being masters at setting things up so that they are almost impossible to overturn, if they can be overturned, the Donald and team will have their hands full. It would be much easier to undo and rewrite stuff if Trump had CONgress on his side but he may not. Especially with that senile old traitor McCain and his like minded pals running the show. They may all be Republicans but there are deep divisions in the party with blocks of them having enough votes to throw a wrench into the works. Quite a few are like McCain and do not like the idea of bettering ties with Russia. If that senile old windbag warmonger had his way the nukes would be on their way to Russia right now while he hides in his cozy bunker.

Mr. Bones's picture

Me, a year ago:

'I know you have been generally unconcerned with Obama continuing or expanding Bush's bad policies and executive power grabs, but consider the mere possibility of a Trump presidency.  Aren't you even a little bit worried that he's setting precedents?'

Today, this.  This election has had me stewing in smug, I'm not sure if my typically modest psyche can handle all this vindication.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


at this point, i don't think he will be "outgoing."

OK, maybe it is more accurate to use the term excreted administration or discharged administration.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

I hope Obummer doesn,t set all the shale oil wells on fire on his last day in office to scuttle Trump's U.S. energy independence initiative.

monk27's picture

This "boxing in" will be followed by an equally aggressive "boxing out". Obozo picked the wrong guy to pull this sort of shit. If you believe Putin makes him look bad now, just wait for Trump to start his gig; you ain't seen nothing yet...

benb's picture

“0bama is stupid enough to try and sue Trump for alimony.   ;-)”

Shallow comment in that Obama is the product of a CIA breeding program. He is a Globalist agent/puppet, being largely directed by Rothschild front, George Soros, now heading The Bilderberg Group criminal trash. We will not be free until the City of London is hit with a massive conventional weapons attack. The top 25 members of the CFR are arrested, tried, convicted of espionage, sedition, and high treason; then publicly hung along with the Tri-Lateral commission members, the top ends of the Ford, Carnegie, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, and of course the Bilderberg Group members. The traitors within the Senate and House must be ferreted out and the treasonous propagandists in the Cooperate Fascist media must be prosecuted as the seditious war criminals that they are.


After that we’re Home Free... No Problemo

Gonzogal's picture

"The traitors within the Senate and House must be ferreted out"

Trump has one more hurdle to get over before 20 Jan and his becomming Pres....and those "traitors within the Senate and House" hold the cards in their hands on that day....Truly scary! 

"On January 6th, a joint session of Congress will meet to count the electoral votes.  Most of the time this is a formality, but this time around that may not be the case.

If at least one member of the House and at least one member of the Senate submits an objection in writing, electoral votes can potentially be invalidated."



Invinciblehandaxe's picture

release ninjas already !!!!!

let them cut throaths of those like kenyan nigga and his overlords

drendebe10's picture

The traitorous fukn illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile with the chicken legs and feet needs its skin sand papered off, buried in salt then thrown out in the middle of a Syrian desert with a can of Pennzoil.

New England Patriot's picture

We're not a democracy. The United States is a republic.

flaminratzazz's picture

THE UNITED STATES is a corporation.. fify

post turtle saver's picture

the US _has_ a corporation, it _isn't_ a corporation... fify...

all you sovereign citizen / tax protester weeaboos should actually be GLAD that the US has a corporation, otherwise you wouldn't have a mechanism for liability to seek redress against the US government... sheesh...

flaminratzazz's picture

The United States of America are a corporation

endowed with the capacity to sue and be sued, to convey

and receive property.  1 Marsh. Dec. 177, 181.

But it is proper to observe that no suit can be brought

against the United States without authority of law."


Note that the plural verb "are" was used, providing further

evidence that the "United States of America" are plural,

as implied by the plural term "States".  Also, the author

of that definition switches to "United States" in the second

sentence.  This only adds to the confusion, because the

term "United States" has three (3) different legal meanings.

even the scumbag lawyers dont know what the fvk is what

KickIce's picture

Even worse it's a bankrupt corporation flying under the flag of the District of Columbia (ever notice how an FRN is designed to look like a promissory note) and is therefore beholden to it's debtors and this allows them to do end arounds on The Constitution.  Do you really think JP Morgan bailed out the country out of the kindness of his heart?  God only knows what was promised in that little transaction but you can bet it wasn't good for the American people.  Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Clinton and Bush pretty much transformed our country into what it is today.

MEFOBILLS's picture


We're not a democracy. The United States is a republic.

The united states ceased to be a democratic republic in 1912, with the advent of Woodrow Wilson's progressive reforms.  Later in life, Woodrow even admitted that he had destroyed the republic.

The reforms were 16'th, 17'th ammedment.   Then Federal Reserve Act, then IRS and its machinery.

I've commented enough here at ZH about how these acts work to undermine the U.S.

Later destructions to the U.S. were 1965 immigration act.  Great Society acts 1964-66.  Dual Shitizens being able to hold public office 1967.

In recent history, Bill Clinton screwed the U.S. hard:  Repealing Glass Steagall, and passing anti redlining provisions, allowed finance to go crazy and start fraudulent finance capitalism... this completed Woodrow's screw job.  Clinton killed off the fourth estate (the press) with his tellecommunication act.  Bill extrajudicially bombed other countries beginning imperial presidency.

Obama is an idiot and a sock puppet, but he is a piker when it comes to  destruction of the U.S.  He can get in line behind Woodrow, LBJ, and Clinton.

Lincoln gets honorable mention for destroying states rights.

bobbbny's picture

"You have a Republic Madam, if you can keep it."

We couldn't. Now we have a corporatocracy (the definition of fascism).

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

kenyan muslim nigga can rim his male wife's ass

all the stupid murikan fucks who cannnot see shit

can rim kenyan muslim nigga's ass as well

Pumpkin's picture

The title is this article is stupid.  Does Obama have some magic powers as president that Trump won't have?

Skateboarder's picture

A particularly notable one: the power of gayness.

RealityCheque's picture

That's not a power. It's a disability.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Pumpkin Dec 30, 2016 12:55 PM

ZH can't go more than 10 minutes without a Trump love-fest article

Skateboarder's picture

The Trump fellatio here is sad, for a bunch of smart dudes who should know better.

Old Tylers are rolling in their vacation chairs on the beach.

MsCreant's picture

I have always enjoyed your posts, you know this.

I did not vote (I couldn't, too sickening), but I am hoping for some good to come out of Trump. I do observe some pretty nasty stuff happening against him. I take it you are not willing to even have an open minded stance on it?

If he even cleaned house "some," it would be awesome. He might get a messiah complex and want to earn people's love. If his mental illness gets good stuff done, I'm all for it. Let him pretend with himself he is king. Not too high a price to pay if law and order actually happened.

I say this, deeply confident that he has abused women horribly. It's not that I don't care about that, if I was one, this would be hard. It is FACT that there are no candidates or any human beings at all, who can get to this place who are perfect. So I have to put aside my personal distastes and watch and wait. And hope.  

Pure Evil's picture

Ahem........abused women horribly!?

What did he do? Perform clitoral circumcision on them?

Demand they wear a burqa 24/7?

Tell them they couldn't leave the house without a male family escort?

Have a female family member beheaded for dishonoring the family?

Request lesbians to be thrown off Trump Tower?

Deny his female children an education?

Force his female children to become suicide bombers?


Let's keep it in perspective.

Bollixed's picture

"I say this, deeply confident that he has abused women horribly."

I can believe he's not very good at abusing women. Doesn't seem like his style, only a MSM meme.

laser's picture

About the worst I heard was him describing what he was surprised he could get away with with women throwing themselves at him.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

These anti-Trump commenters seem to be sock puppets of one person.  They come in bursts as the Troll in question responds to his own comments.

Also:  He's a low testosterone lefty.  He's obviously never experienced women throwing themselves at him nor have a clue what the real sexuality of a woman is like otherwise he would realize how silly his "white knight" comments about women look.

MsCreant's picture

Not sure who you were referring to.

My comments are not Anti-Trump, they are wait and see Trump. I see Skateboarder as disappointed with the Goldman appointees (which could be a method for draining the swamp, know the swamp to kill the swamp) and Trump's support of Israel (I get that disappointment, Israel is wrong to do what they are doing to the Palestinians). You don't have to love everything about Trump to be hoping for the best and on his team. 

The logic that you must support everything about him does not work. He should know and expect he is being scrutinized. There is a lot he has done I like. Trump can't be so thin skinned that he can't take a little critique, and needs to be unilaterally supported in everything he says and does. 

Go Trump, Yoga Rump!

MsCreant's picture

Good catch on my horribly abused wording. The tone of your disagreement does not shut down dialogue, thanks for that.

I posted something about Trump, his modeling agency, and Epstein elsewhere on this thread. I will repeat it, you can't get a candidate at this level, who does not have something very wrong with them. I am hoping for the best from Trump, despite the liklihood he has been abusive to women.

Bollixed's picture

You're welcome, MsC. I always enjoy your posts and wouldn't want to find myself in a position of being harsh to you when I disagree. I also am hoping for the best from Trump. I'll stay away from the 'he said, she said' because as a man who in my younger years was quite a player I thoroughly understand the type of woman who is happy to use their looks and/or body as a weapon of crass destruction. Been there, done that. It's mostly a two way street, albeit always a culdesac at both ends.

MsCreant's picture

The things you list are pretty damn bad.

Trump and Bill C were Jeffery Epstein buds.  Epstein, who was convicted of keeping under aged girls on his island, for the purposes of having sex with powerful men to later blackmail them. Get real.

There is a lot out there about his modeling agency being a front for prostitution, doing his friends favors, trafficking under-aged women, etc.  Pussy grabbing. Cheating on wives. I am saying I'm letting it go. No one who gets to the presidency is going to be a saint, you can't be in the current system, you must have some crook in your hook to make it. Hillary is much more scary and cunty.


Looney's picture

Hear, hear!  ;-)


Skateboarder's picture

Likewise Ms... you are one of the OG ZH homies, true to heart, always been a pleasure to read your thoughts.

I cannot possible say anything negative regarding the "watch, wait, and have hope" aspect of wanting Trump to do good. His actually coming through and doing good would be the greatest boon to our country from this thankful victory of this crooked fella over the other, much worse evil.

Any "so who did you vote for?" (did not vote either) dialogue I have had over the last few months has been in convincing the other side how neither of them are 'good' people by any measure, and how Trump is certainly not the bad guy between the two.

I've been off ZH (and all news) for a few months now, and just recently reading and posting again, so I did not participate in defending or denying him without knowing how things will start turning out after the results come in (though I have said long before that he sure as hell won't be pulling back the police/surveillance states). They came in, he won, and I was glad that Douche came out victorious over Turd. Starting to read the news (ZH) again this month, I saw the decisions he made in picking his cabinet (four Goldmanites, and some other WTF? candidates), and his love for Israel. These things are not positive in my opinion - they show a deep allegiance to the continuity of the bankster/Zionist/police-state/surveillance-state/etc. regime that we have been prisoners of since nine-elevs (and much before, but I am specifying that event because too much of modern rhetoric has been based around that turning-point).

Open-minded stance? Yeah, I had one until he fvcked it in the ear with his cabinet picks and recent Israel-love. Honestly not expecting anything positive from this soon-to-be-warmongerer. The theater of war and politics and economics and finance and everything else is that exactly. Won't get fooled again, Ms... won't get fooled again.

But regarding that hope... as I recently quoted Andy Dufresne, "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

I'm rootin' for your hope.


p.s. let it rain downvotes, bitchezzz.

KickIce's picture

I'm just hoping that "Hope and Change" and "Drain the Swamp" aren't the very same campaign promises.

drendebe10's picture

I think Chump is a work in progress and the proof will be in the pudding. All the fikn idiots ranting speculative bulssht about what Chump is or isn't are a buncha ninnies.  If the POS obamyshitcare gets repealed in its entirety i will give Chump the thumbs up.  But for now Chump is likely to be a whole lot better than the chicken legs traitorous illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile who needs its skin sand papered off, buried in salt then thrown out in the middle of a Syrian desert with a can of Pennzoil.  Wutta tragedy that the first black president is one of the most despicable human turds on the face of the earth.

BarkingCat's picture

It is only due to relativism.

When one uses Obama as a point of reference, Trump looks like League of Justice rolled into one man.

DeathMerchant's picture

Which vacation beach is that?? If they look carefully, they'll probably see Michelle and her mother. They're the ones with the US Gov credit cards.

dlweld's picture

Hey, he's a lovable guy. What can you say?

Pure Evil's picture

One thing we know for sure he likes to grab pussy.

drendebe10's picture

A fuk of a lot better than grabbing butt holes like the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile.