Obama Makes First Statement Since Leaving White House, Supports Protests Against Trump Policy

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It took Obama ten days since he departed the White House one final time to break his promise that he would "stay on the sidelines" regarding Trump's policies...

... and in his first public statement, the former president the charge that the Trump administration had based his immigration executive order on a policy adopted by his own administration, and endorsed the protests that have been taking place across the country in response to the new restrictions.

Kevin Lewis, Obama's spokesman, said rejected Trump's insistence that the decision to temporarily halt refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and stop all Syrian refugee resettlement in America is similar to a 2011 decision by Obama. "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."

As a reminder, over the past 24 hours, Trump has compared his actions to Obama's 2011 moves to restrict entries from Iraq after two Iraqis were arrested in Kentucky on terrorism charges.

Former Obama administration officials have denied that there was ever a halt to the awarding of visas to Iraqis, though the processing of these applications slowed after they were subject to more intense scrutiny.

Obama's decision to step back into the public light comes just 10 days after he left office. He joins the chorus of Democrats and mostly tech CEOs criticizing Trump for his decision to temporarily halt refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries and stop all Syrian refugee resettlement in America.

Obama also encouraged ongoing protests against Trump's immigration policies: "President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy--not just during an election but every day," Lewis said.

"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."

As The Hill notes, former presidents often give their replacements a wide berth in office, rarely weighing in to criticize their actions out of respect for the office. While Obama served as a vocal critic to Trump on the campaign trail, he told reporters during a trip to Peru last November that he wanted to give Trump the chance to lead without Obama "popping off."

But Obama added that he wouldn't unilaterally remain quiet, and today he held true to that loophole.

“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it's necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I'll examine it when it comes,” Obama said.

The full statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesperson to Former President Barack Obama, is below:

President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy--not just during an election but every day.

 

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.

 

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.

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Mr.BlingBling's picture

And they called us deplorable.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Mr.BlingBling Jan 30, 2017 3:59 PM

Really....go the FUCK away and watch how winning is done you piece of shit.    

We are Winning now...

We are winning tomorrow...

We are winning next week...

 

InjectTheVenom's picture

hey Bathhouse Barry....

>>>>  please go AWAY !!!

>>>>  please stay in touch, we miss you !

froze25's picture

Ahh, so the President with no past, no spine and no direction of his own has decided to speak. Now the question is, who told him to. We all know that he doesn't wipe his ass without being told to so, who animated him?

samjam7's picture

Which president issued a Visa-ban for all Iraqis in 2009? Oh right...and now you're whining about Trump you pathetic loser. Go back to the golf court where you've been spending the last week.

CheapBastard's picture

Did Barrack issue an apology to the >1,000,000 brown and black muslims he murdered in the middle east and north africa?

knukles's picture

Conspiracy to Overthrow, Sedition or Treason
Soros, etc .....

Pinto Currency's picture

Obama supports US color revolution.

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

So the Brown Clown is finally out of office and NOW he thinks he's relevant?  That 102 I.Q. of his is really working overtime now.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Barack Part 2: The Search for a Legacy

OregonGrown's picture

I cant believe oblahblaha was able to say ALL OF THAT, in between sucking all those dicks!

 

"I dont care if you spit or swallow barry.... just as long as you catch"  said michelle!

Save_America1st's picture

aaaaaaaairrrrr balllllll

looks like another miss for O-Traitor and the rest of the treasonous sociopaths:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IjDqm-JHrA

Got The Wrong No's picture

Obama wasn't even good at being a Nigger 

Four chan's picture

obama community agitator.  

not dead yet's picture

You forgot the decimal point. 10.2 IQ. Fixed it for ya.

mkhs's picture

You have above TOPSECRET clearance?  How did you know it was above 100?

Got The Wrong No's picture

Obama wrote his IQ on the back of his fake Birth Certificate so he wouldn't forget what it was. 

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"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."

How is banning people from certain countries discriminating on faith or religion?  I think ALL people from those countries are banned, not just muslims.  If you don't like that policy, then how about the so called "good muslims" start standing up to the "bad muslims" who are causing the ban??  I am sick of the silence by so called moderate muslims.  Also, if you want to come here, don't try and ram your sharia law down my throat.  If you like sharia law, then stay in the shithole from which you came.

johngaltfla's picture

My message to citizen Obama:

Fuck off and go cheat some more at golf.

onthesquare's picture

so Obama says one thing and does the opposite.  That is not a first.  You know he is lying when his lips are moving.  Ignore that man on the side lines.

 

turnoffthewater's picture

I feel sorry for his security detail. To have to sit around and listen to him and the rest of the so called family. I would seek a transfer or find another line of work.
Hmmm...wonder what the turn over rate is for the security detail?

knukles's picture

Jesus Christ that hurt!  Go crazy.
Be more worthwhile to memorize endless articles on Before It's News.

Tejano's picture

Thing is the Muslims in those seven countries have a habit of killing (or torturing then killing) anyone that is not a mudslime. So, yeah, it is kind of like a ban on mooslims from those countries, but not really. Also, obama, be a good little urkle and shut the fuck up.

X- x3's picture

"Ahh, so the President with no past, no spine and no direction of his own has....."

....probably a sore ass, after all that f_cking he's been doin' with his gay friends in Palm Springs.

 

Mike-the Wookie got so pissed off she left him:

>>>>

 "Obama DIVORCE Happening NOW? (Breakup Of Michelle’s Fake Marriage)"

"DID MICHELLE OBAMA DITCH BARACK — ENDING THE OBAMA MARRIAGE? MICHELLE JUST ABANDONED OBAMA AND FLEW TO THE CARIBBEAN — WITHOUT HIM!

MICHELLE SUDDENLY LEAVES OBAMA IN PALM SPRINGS — AND HOPS A PRIVATE JET TO BILLIONAIRE RICHARD BRANSON’S TROPICAL “NECKER ISLAND.” OBAMA GETS LEFT BEHIND IN CALIFORNIA — ALONE....."

http://thephaser.com/2017/01/obama-divorce-happening-now-breakup-of-mich...

mkhs's picture

Ooooow!  I would have preffered it chained to the gimp.

Gladi8tor's picture

Obama should be banned  from public speaking...what a spinless jelly fish he is.

The man has set the united states back 10 years

skeelos's picture

Actually, the past election was as much an indictment and rejection of Obama and Left policy as anything else. So the more Obama talks, the more political damage he does to his cause.

We can only hope he continues to aggressively campaign for leftists throughout the country. Nothing would fire up the quiet majority than that.

mkhs's picture

Nothing says justice like two-shot suicide in the brain case.....?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mr.BlingBling Jan 30, 2017 3:59 PM

And I didn't even read what he said.

He is so over.....lol

Site's picture

Citizen big eared nigger can go fuck himself

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Site Jan 30, 2017 4:09 PM

Oh ohh  You triggered somebody...wasn't me.

Creative_Destruct's picture

 

"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities..."

Should read:

"President Obama is heartend by the level of funding for paid protestors from Soros surrogates such as MoveOn.org..."

 

Raffie's picture

NO WAY...

People got killed and Obama is not on the golf course?

An supporting opposition to Trump.

Russia is behind all of this.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

RX:  Ignore him.

Stop fueling / feeding his Narcissism.

abyssinian's picture

Obama who? who is this terrorist looking potato head? 

Bryan's picture

Obama, don't you have a library and a monument to build or something?

nope-1004's picture

Fairy spoke, but no one listened.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) nope-1004 Jan 30, 2017 4:10 PM

Did you mean "Fairy Spook".....?

Mike Masr's picture

Fuck this asshole jackoff Obama!

Eddie Baby's picture

Time to properly vet him.  Better late than never.

CheapBastard's picture

bin Bama would promise to convert to Muslimism along with Albright if he wasn't a muslim already.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Review his Fake PDF Birth Certificate, and find out what the real data is. 

Update or blackmail accordingly.

Nightjar's picture

Fuck Obamas communities, the only community that matters is the master host community, the white european (amerikaner) community.

Eddie Baby's picture

Obama is returning to his roots as a powerless, rabble rousing, shit disturber.

Nightjar's picture

His stuttering must be through the roof now.