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Title: 2 former presidents — from both parties — blast the state of American politics in unprecedented day
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-george-bush-blas
URL Source: http://Business Insider
Published: Oct 20, 2017
Author: Adam Smith
Post Date: 2017-10-20 08:45:29 by IbJensen
Keywords: None
Views: 89
Comments: 7

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush lambasted the state of US politics on Thursday.

Neither ex-president mentioned President Donald Trump by name.

Each provided some of his most pointed commentary since Trump took office

The two most recent former US presidents on Thursday blasted the state of US politics in events that were separated by less than 20 miles.

First, it was former President George W. Bush. The most recent former Republican president lambasted a political culture that he said caused "bigotry" to seem "emboldened." The public comments were Bush's most pointed since President Donald Trump took office in January.

"In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined," the 43rd president said at an event in New York hosted by his namesake institute. "Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."

The forum was branded as being "focused on freedom, free markets, and security." It featured speakers such as former first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. And Bush provided a substantial condemnation of the state of US politics.

Bush said that "people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American" and that "bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed."

He also mentioned Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election, calling on the US to "harden its own defenses."

"Our country must show resolve and resilience in the face of external attacks on our democracy," he said. "And that begins with confronting a new era of cyberthreats. America has experienced a sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country's divisions."

Later in the day, in nearby Newark, New Jersey, former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office and took a subtle swipe at the political climate that Trump cultivated in his rise to power.

At an event for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in New Jersey, Obama, who has avoided criticizing Trump publicly, criticized the "politics of division" that "we see now."

"What we can't have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before that dates back centuries," Obama said. "Some of the things we see now, we thought we put that to bed. That's folks looking 50 years back. It's the 21st century, not the 19th century."

It's long-standing tradition for past presidents and vice presidents to provide a grace period for a new administration, during which they do not provide commentary critical of the current White House. While both Bush and Obama did not mention Trump, the criticism of US politics from both men is unprecedented at this young stage of a presidency.

It is rare for former presidents to criticize an administration at any point, even past the so-called grace period.


Poster Comment:

Nothing rare about two NWO socialists to collude on raking a swamp drainer over the coals. Problem is it will backfire in their traitorous faces! The Republican Party is dying, but rising in its place will be a right-wing Nationalist Party that will decimate this one party system that has served this nation dishonorably.

Bush and Obama both served two terms because the American people hadn't been paying attention to what this lousy two party system had been doing to their nation. Now, even the most ignorant among us sees what's happening due to the deliberate sabotage these phony leaders.(1 image)

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#1. To: IbJensen (#0)

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush lambasted the state of US politics on Thursday.

Both created the crisis that exists. In fact, all post WWII presidents created today's political abyss.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-10-20   9:00:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: IbJensen (#0)

Nothing rare about two NWO socialists to collude on raking a swamp drainer over the coals...

... Now, even the most ignorant among us sees what's happening due to the deliberate sabotage these phony leaders.

Spot on assessment.

The filthy Dubya clammed up during the radical 0bammy's entire 8 years of treason and militant destruction of the republic, and suddenly NOW he decides to weigh in??

Only the blind, ignorant, naive, and treasonous complicit aren't acknowledging the truth. A few actually reside at this very forum.

Liberator  posted on  2017-10-20   9:36:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Liberator (#2)

" The filthy Dubya clammed up during the radical 0bammy's entire 8 years of treason and militant destruction of the republic, and suddenly NOW he decides to weigh in??

Only the blind, ignorant, naive, and treasonous complicit aren't acknowledging the truth. A few actually reside at this very forum. "

Yep !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

Stoner  posted on  2017-10-20   10:41:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Stoner (#3)

Oy.

Never underestimate the Bi-Partisan Pod People's herd mentality and respective cult-like commitment to "The Party."

Liberator  posted on  2017-10-20   10:57:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Liberator (#2)

But the entire Bush family fairly gushes over the Clinton duo!

Old Mrs. Bush calls him Sonny Boy as she tweaks his cheek. (The ones on his face.)

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2017-10-20   15:54:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: buckeroo (#1)

Amazing! We agree on something.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2017-10-20   15:55:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: IbJensen (#0)

"Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."

W should have said that in 2008.

nolu chan  posted on  2017-10-20   19:27:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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