On Tuesday night, Barack Obama did the inevitable when speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago: he dropped the worn out “Trump is Hitler” comparison for everyone’s enjoyment.
Obama spent a lot of time talking about being a “citizen of the world,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The former president boasted about saving “a million lives” thanks to his efforts in the Ebola outbreak in Africa.
“Things don’t happen internationally if we don’t put our shoulder to the wheel,” he said, in obvious retort to Trump’s “America first” mentality.
Obama also weighed in on how a “free press [is] vital” to the country’s survival, noting how the U.S. came through communist Joseph McCarthy and President Richard Nixon. Crain’s report then revealed what all of this was building up to:
The danger is "grow(ing) complacent," Obama said. "We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly."
That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate, Obama noted. "Sixty million people died. . . .So, you've got to pay attention. And vote."
Also during the evening, Obama expressed “regret and disappointment” that he didn’t get tougher on guns as president. It is noted that his voice seemed to wobble with emotion as he talked about the Sandy Hook shooting.
“Something is broke,” he said.
Obama was a busy boy on Tuesday in Chicago, also attending a conference of mayors with his buddy ol’ pal Rahm Emanuel who has declared his city a “Trump-free zone.” The former president actually credited himself with the soaring economy occurring under hie predecessor’s watch:
“As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.”
“Thanks, Obama,” he added with a smirk, a phrase generally used as a meme to blame everything on him.
Thanks, Obama, for all the smugness.