On Friday, Lou Dobbs, host of the Fox Business program Lou Dobbs Tonight, came to the defense of President Donald Trump over a veiled attack on him by former President Barack Obama.
After Obama sniped at Trump for his Twitter habits at a forum in India last week, Dobbs joked that Obama should be brought back by the U.S. Marshals. “Isn’t there some law that says presidents shouldn’t be attacking sitting presidents?” he asked.
Insults from Abroad
Just weeks after Trump arrived back in the United States from a tour in Asia, Obama embarked on his own tour. At a leadership forum in New Delhi on Friday, Obama made comments ostensibly aimed at his successor.
During the forum, Obama was asked to respond to critical statements his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, made Tuesday during a speech in Toronto. Michelle Obama had said it is not a good idea to “tweet from bed,” a shot aimed at Trump’s habitual morning tweets.
The former-President seconded his wife’s criticism. “Michelle was giving the general idea … don’t say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function,” he said.
“Think before you speak, think before you tweet,” Obama instructed, before going on to boast about having 100 million followers. “I actually have more than other people who use it more often.”
Trump has roughly 44 million followers on Twitter; nearly half of the 97.5 million Obama took over eight years to accrue, while Trump has held the same office for just over one year.
Dobbs has no more patience for the Obamas’ condescension — and worse, their habit of traveling the world taking pot shots at the current U.S. president. “I think U.S. Marshals should follow him, and any time he wants to go follow the president like he is, and behave — I mean, this is just bad manners. It’s boorish, it’s absurd, he doesn’t realize how foolish he looks,” Dobbs told his guest, Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes.
Dobbs went on, “I mean, he should be brought back by the Marshals. Isn’t there some law that says presidents shouldn’t be attacking sitting presidents?” Forbes responded, “There’s an unwritten one, sort of a Logan Act for ex-presidents,” but clarified that it was not enforceable.
A critical opponent of Obama’s perceived globalist policies, Dobbs added, “He calls it destructive populism, I guess he prefers destructive elitism. At least the people get a voice now.”
Obama Breaks With Predecessor
Obama has broken with contemporary standards set by his predecessor former President George W. Bush. Bush once said regarding the abstention from criticizing a sitting President, “It’s a hard job. He’s got plenty on his agenda. It’s difficult. A former president doesn’t need to make it any harder.”
Unlike his predecessor, Obama has publicly slammed Trump for an array of decisions, including his decision to end the Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals program. But Obama’s divisive commentary is the last thing we need at a time when U.S. citizens more than ever should be brought together, not driven apart.