Unsolicited Advice

I remember back when I was in school, probably in the lower sixth form, I was watching a game of cricket being played on the school’s oval.  For those not familiar with cricket, when a batsman gets out he often has a quick word with the incoming batsman to share some advice regarding the pitch and the bowling.  You don’t see it so much at test levels, but at club and school cricket you do.  Anyway, I was watching this particularly inept batsman walk out to take the crease and he was hit plumb LBW first ball.  As he trudged back to the pavilion he passed the incoming batsman and stopped to talk to him.  My friend who was sat beside me said “What possible advice could he give the new batsman after that performance?”

Now to US politics.  We’ve already had the outgoing CIA director giving interviews to the BBC as to how he thinks Trump’s administration should handle Russia, Iran, and ISIS.  Now we have Obama giving Trump advice:

US President Barack Obama says he has advised his successor Donald Trump not to attempt to run the White House “the way you would manage a family business”.

Which is sound advice, but less meaningful coming from somebody who ran it like a banana republic.

In an interview with ABC News, Mr Obama said that Mr Trump must “respect” US institutions.

This from somebody who shat all over pretty much every institution he came into contact with.

He warned that there was a difference between governing and campaigning.

It’s nice to know Obama has finally figured this out: there’s been no sign that he’s done so in his eight years in office.

“There are world capitals and financial markets and people all around the world who take really seriously what he [Mr Trump] says,” Mr Obama said.

As opposed to what Obama says.

Mr Obama also talked about the US intelligence agency’s report into alleged cyber-attacks by Russia and the attempt to influence the 2016 US presidential campaign.

He said that he had “underestimated” the impact of such attacks.

The only thing he underestimated was how useful this bullshit would be in explaining away Hillary’s defeat and the rejection of his policies.

He said that a conversation had taken place with Mr Trump in which he had discussed the importance of having faith in the intelligence community.

“There are going to be times where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working,” he said.

Indeed, and if that process isn’t working – for example, by giving free passes to criminal behaviour of Presidential candidates and making up shite about Russians hacking elections – then it is time to change things around.

Last week Mr Trump said he was a “big fan” of intelligence agencies, after months of casting doubt on the Russian link to the security breach. But he later raised questions over how the Democratic Party had responded to the cyber-attacks.

“How and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?” Mr Trump asked in a tweet.

Questions journalists should have been asking Obama instead of relaying his “advice” to Donald Trump.


7 thoughts on “Unsolicited Advice

  1. IIRC, USA President Obama did a bit of interfering with the UK’s EU Referendum. He instructed the voters on how they should vote and he threatened the UK with the USA putting them ‘at the back of the queue’ or something similar in any post-BREXIT trade negotiations.

    Best regards

  2. Nigel,

    Indeed. I don’t recall the howls of outrage at such interference then, except for perhaps the displeasure shown come voting time.

  3. Every world nation/government continually tries to influence what they perceive as the best outcome for themselves (or their paymasters) so when it came to our Brexit vote the useless Obama is no different to anything that has gone before. Just is the media thought he had something to say and that we should care. Wrong on that one…

    The one thing I find amusing in this was how Obama and Shrillary went at each other so hard in the ’08 primaries (and according to some, ’twas Shrillary who kicked off there whole ‘where wuz he born’ routine) but he forgave her so much — and in that bid she got more of the much-praised popular vote I read recently — he made her Secretary of State, though this may have been a case of keeping one’s friend close but one’s enemies closer still. In the last election it was almost as if Shrill and the Zero were really close, like they cared…

    One thing I am not looking forward to however is the grinning mug of Obumble on TV and in the papers post-office. The devious MSM couldn’t keep their grubby little bits off him when he was in office and you can bet that, far more than any Bush or even Billy boy, the sickening image of O dispensing ‘wisdom’ will be in the media a lot after Jan 20. Yuck!

  4. One thing I am not looking forward to however is the grinning mug of Obumble on TV and in the papers post-office.

    Oh, I am. It will not only provide ample blogging fodder, but also ensure the Democrats can never move on and rebuild and start putting in place a competent leadership: they’ll be competing with Obama for airtime and attention, not to mention unable to backtrack on any of his policies.

  5. I’m certain Obama will be rolled out on a weekly basis, if not more often, for the entire Trump presidency. It’s very likely he will prevent the Democrats from rebuilding and reorganising for 2020. Obama will, at every chance, remind everyone he was the smartest guy in the room and no one will ever be better. He will also provide Trump a wonderful rebounding board for his twitter messaging. I strongly suspect Trump would pay for this service from Obama.

    At the moment the only likely Democrat candidate for 2020 will be Bernie Sanders corpse.

  6. David Moore,

    Obama will, at every chance, remind everyone he was the smartest guy in the room and no one will ever be better.

    Precisely. And there will be all his disciples urging him to run again, or his bloody wife.

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