OPINION | Barry Richard: Obama Stung by Own Words on Russia
Barack Obama is looking mighty small these days. Not only has the former President had to watch as his leftist legacy dismantled by Donald Trump, but Obama's own words are coming back to haunt him in a big, big way. Especially when it comes to Russia.
Russia is that place that 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin told ABC's Charlie Gibson merits keeping an eye on:
“They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska”
Palin's comments, while true were derided by the Obama-Biden team as something comical. Palin knew of what she spoke. Obviously, Obama did not.
Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney warned during a debate with Obama in 2012 that Russia remained a major U.S. geopolitical problem, Obama just didn't see it that way:
“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years."
Wrong again, Barrack.
Just two weeks before the 2016 election when candidate, Trump expressed concern that the election could be rigged Obama told him to "stop whining," suggesting that there is no way that could happen:
"There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved.”
Wow! Didn't take long for Obama to change his mind once Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
Thirteen Russians have been indicted for allegedly meddling in our election process. No Americans were involved. And it began in 2014 before Trump was a candidate. Wait, Obama was president then. Should he not have known? Or, maybe he did.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Information from The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Snopes, Fox News was used for this post.