President Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States on Friday.
And Barack Obama is leaving the White House at last.
But Obama sent this farewell warning to his humble successor, and it may have you in tears.
It’s no secret Barack Obama and Donald Trump are on opposite sides of the spectrum.
Obama denounces capitalism; Donald Trump is a capitalist to the core, having spent his entire life making a living as an entrepreneur.
But in his final press conference, Obama took his differences with Trump a bit farther than ever before.
Obama threatened during the press conference that if Trump fulfilled certain of his campaign promises, and went against certain so-called “core values,” Obama wouldn’t hesitate to come off the political sidelines.
Among the things the new president could do to convince Barack Obama to “speak out” were “systemic discrimination” efforts to “round up” children of illegal immigrants, and any executive action to “silence dissent” or “roll back voting rights.”
In other words, Obama took advantage of his last moments as POTUS to carry on the way he did during his 8 years in office — inciting and encouraging tension and discord.
Many Democrat activists and Obamaphiles have urged Obama to take a front seat in leading the Democratic Party as the new Republican administration takes over.
And until now, Obama has remained quiet about a post-presidential political role.
However, with, as he put it, “core values at stake,” Obama may be changing his tune about his part in politics in his post-presidency life.
“If I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion, I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise,” Obama explained.
He went on, “I put in that category institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press.”
“And for me, at least, I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else, when they love this country, they are our kids’ friends and their classmates and are now entering into community colleges or in some cases serving in our military … The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.”
In 2012, Obama used an executive order to initiate DACA, the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Children who were brought to the United States illegally before the age of 16 and who are currently below the age of 30 fall under this exception, and according to DACA cannot be deported.
These children are sometimes referred to as “Obama’s DREAMers” because some parameters of DACA resembled provisions of the DREAM Act, which was shut down by Congress in 2010.
With his typical “charm,” Obama joked, “It doesn’t mean that I would get on the ballot anywhere.”
Obama had the audacity to lecture Trump about the use of executive orders too, which is laughable considering Barack Obama made unprecedented use of the executive order more than any president before him.
“Keep in mind that my strong preference has always been to legislate, when I can get legislation done… My suggestion to the President-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better,” he opined.
President Trump has already promised to undo a lot of the harm Obama did while he was in office. So it’s unlikely that Obama’s warnings to Trump will go unchallenged by the new president.