Courtesy of Politico

Former President Barack Obama delivered his sharpest broadside yet against President Donald Trump, blasting his successor as unserious and self-centered and cautioning that core democratic institutions have been imperiled by the Trump presidency.

“I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies,” Obama said in his remarks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. “I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously. But he never did.”

“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,” Obama continued. “And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”

Obama portrayed the president as a catastrophically ineffective leader who has used the office only to benefit himself and his friends and spoke with an urgency not often seen from a man who has largely declined to weigh in on the Trump outrage du jour. Trump, he said, views the presidency as no more than a “reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”

He dismissed Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, asserting that “our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic depends on a fidelity to facts and science and logic and not just making stuff up.”

Damn!

That is going to leave a mark. 

But seriously who, besides perhaps Hillary Clinton, has more of a right to publicly reveal their disdain for Donald Trump than his predecessor who has watched all of his hard work undone and the country he worked so hard to move forward decimated by the decisions of this man?

I have to admit if it were me I would have unloaded even harder and said some very unfortunate words to describe a man who I despise with every bone in my body. 

But Barack Obama is a class act and a reminder of who we can be if we strive to be the best version of ourselves possible.