This will be a short post because the premise is very simple.
I’ve been very uncomfortable with Barack Obama actively campaigning for Hillary Clinton. I believe that a President, once elected should take himself out of “politics” and focus on policy. However I understand the President is considered the leader of his party so my expectation is unrealistic. I’ve given Obama a pass.
Something happened this week that was a bridge too far for me. During a joint press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama chose to criticize and mock GOP candidate Donald Trump. While Trump richly deserves to be mocked, this was neither the time nor place. This was not a campaign stump.
The President condemned, possibly, the next President of the United States in front of a world leader who would be working with him. That is inexcusable.
On the other hand Obama was angered by a question about illegal immigration yelled out by another journalist. Obama criticized that reporter’s decorum while showing no decorum himself.
To my mind, the dignity of the presidency demands that the president keep arms length from the selection of his successor. Obama has not properly handled his understandable disdain for Donald Trump. The presidency suffers for it, as does our image on the world stage.
What do you think? The bar is open.