Barack Obama refuses to step out of the spotlight. He can’t accept that his opinion no longer matters.
Case in point: Obama appeared on David Letterman’s first Netflix show, bashing Fox News viewers and President Trump alike.
From Fox News:
Former President Barack Obama resurfaced on Friday and took a shot at Fox News viewers, saying they’re “living on a different planet” than people who consume mainstream media.
Obama made the remarks on the premiere of the new monthly Netflix series “My next guest needs no introduction with David Letterman,” which hit the streaming service on Friday morning. Early in the episode, Obama asked Letterman about his retirement but the veteran talk show host quickly let the former president know who was boss.
“One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts,” Obama said. “If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR.”
Yahoo has more on 44 lecturing 45:
Former President Obama has a message for President Donald Trump: Pay close attention to your behavior because it has the potential to impact the nation’s culture and values.
“One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did—was part of your ability to lead the country doesn’t have to do with legislation, doesn’t have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness,” Obama told David Letterman on the first episode of his new Netflix show, which was released Friday.
The comments were recorded last fall, and Obama never explicitly mentioned Trump, but this has often been the former president’s preferred tactic when criticizing his successor, with whom he has long butted heads. Obama has frequently spoken about the importance of respecting the “peaceful transition of power,” which helps explain the shift in his direct attacks on Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign versus his more veiled critiques post–Election Day.
More from Politico:
Letterman continued: “What is more damaging to that democracy? Would it be diminishment, by the head of the democracy, of [the] press” — prompting a smile and chuckle from Obama — “or would it be somebody screwing around with the actual voting process?”
“What the Russians exploited, but it was already here, is we are operating in completely different information universes. If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than if you listen to NPR,” Obama said.
Enough is enough, Barack.
Be more like George W. Bush. Give Trump the space Bush gave you!