Obama promised President Trump he’d won’t interfere with his administration, but that promise is now broken.
Yesterday former President Obama slammed Trump for with drawing from the Paris Climate Accord saying, “But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got,”
Clinton also joined in by attacking the president. Saying that Trump’s proposed budget cuts were an “unimaginable cruelty” to the American people before claiming that the 45th president was an authoritarian dictator.
“When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society,” Clinton said during a commencement address on May 26. “This is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done.”
Obama has set the record for attacking his successor so early in the new administration. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford each waited much longer before they became politically active against the new administration, if at all.
Former President George W. Bush didn’t get involved in attacking President Obama for nearly the entire eight years he was in office. The first political activity of the president was to informally back Republican Governor Mitt Romney for president in 2012 against Obama, but he didn’t make any public negative statements about the 44th president.
Former President Bill Clinton also largely stayed out of the spotlight during the first four years of Bush’s tenure in the White House. The administration requested that Clinton serve as the special envoy for tsunami relief in Asia in 2005, and Bush asked the former president to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II in his stead in April of 2005.
President George H.W. Bush waited nearly six years before he became involved in politics. Bush 41 claimed that Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan was influential in his loss during an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 1998.
“I think that if the interest rates had been lowered more dramatically that I would have been re-elected president because the [economic] recovery that we were in would have been more visible,” Mr. Bush told interviewer David Frost at the time. “I reappointed him, and he disappointed me.”
The former president famously said, “Read my lips, no new taxes,” during a campaign speech but was ultimately unable to keep to his promise, leading to his loss in the 1992 election.
Former President Jimmy Carter was the most aggressive former president in the last 30 years according to the analysis, but even he waited a year and a half before he accused President Reagan of making “radical” changes, and blaming his mistakes on his predecessors in October 1982.
“We did not spend four years blaming our mistakes on our predecessors,” Carter said of his own administration. “There is always the temptation for an incumbent politician to blame all his mistakes on his predecessor. Most are willing to withstand the temptation. Mr. Reagan, apparently, is not.”
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