Former President Barack Obama, while giving a speech in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam (D), slammed his successor for “dividing people.” It wasn’t long, of course, before Obama was reminded of his own divisive tenure in the White House.
“If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them,” Obama said of President Donald Trump in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday. “You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start.”
It seems Obama’s own past has escaped him. Despite his lofty campaign promise to unite the nation, the 44th president left the Oval Office with a whopping 67-point partisan approval gap, according to the Pew Research Center.
Near the end of his two terms, 81 percent of Democrats approved of Obama, while only 14 percent of Republicans approved of the former president.
Conversely, when former President George W. Bush left the White House, the gap was 58 points wide, with 81 percent of Republicans approving of his eight-year tenure versus 23 percent of Democrats who felt the same.
In a world of instant results and wisecracking Twitter commentators, it wasn’t long before Obama was given a strong dose of reality:
Dude we were all there in 2012 https://t.co/k49nUI8IHF
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 20, 2017
Yeah, especially if you continue that pattern of intentionally dividing them during your two terms. Yeah, you’re so right. https://t.co/ScCeUJztvz
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) October 19, 2017
Oh yes, inclusive, above-the-fray Obama. The eyeroll emoji doesn’t quite suffice here. https://t.co/Pzgcg3Rocj
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 20, 2017
Says the president who literally sued a group of nuns to enforce Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. https://t.co/l9vTVe3cVf
— Andrew Mullins (@AndrewWMullins) October 20, 2017
Obama today said he “laments the politics of division.”
What a joke. Obama is the most divisive President this country has ever had.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 19, 2017
Now, let’s be fair: Trump is certainly no bastion of unity. After all, the president’s approval rating has dipped to a mere 36 percent, according to Gallup’s tracking survey.
But the truth is Obama certainly hasn’t cornered the market on moving “beyond the divisive politics of Washington” to bring Americans together, as he promised in 2008.
Watch the former president’s comments below.