Trump has been at war with the media for so long that past presidents feel the need to coach Trump from afar. Donald Trump is more like a pubescent teenager than a leader of the free world. Trump is constantly hurling attacks on the media using Twitter. Trump’s incessant need to be liked is clearly hindering his ability to be president. His obsession with CNN and “fake news” is diluting any leadership he’s tried to show Americans.
Despite all the real issues on the home front, Trump is so much more consumed with being liked as a celebrity by the media that issues like healthcare have taken a backseat. Trump’s leadership has been lacking to the point that former presidents feel the need to coach Trump from afar. Former President George W. Bush spoke to Matt Lauer in February. While discussing Trump’s issues with the media Bush said:
‘We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.’
President Barack Obama was in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday. While there he gave speech.
During his speech, Obama recalled his childhood in Indonesia and said:
‘If the rainy season came, the floods were coming and we had to clean out the floors in our house and then chase the chickens because they had gone someplace else. Today, Jakarta is a thriving center of commerce marked by highways and high-rises. So much has changed, so much progress has been made. My stepfather … was raised a Muslim but he respected Hindus and he respected Buddhists and he respected Christians. If you are strong in your own faith then you should not be worried about someone else’s faith.’
President Obama spent his childhood in Jakarta with his anthropologist mother and his stepfather. Obama continued to make a veiled comment that America is currently without leadership, saying:
‘If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue. What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence. In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership, can still give our children a fighting chance.’
Here is a video of Obama’s speech in Jakarta:
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