Accuracy in Media

Although President Barack Obama acted friendly toward Donald Trump, aiding him in the transition and meeting with him, behind the scenes he left Trump with a number of policy landmines that our new President must confront as he pursues his agenda.

“We didn’t discuss the negative, we only discussed the future and the positive. And we really get along well. Now again, he may say differently, but I don’t think he would,” said Trump, according to The Hill. He told the press that he received a “beautiful letter” from Obama upon taking office.

No matter how friendly he may have appeared in person, President Obama signaled that he would stand up to Trump if the latter engaged in certain policies. “There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake,” said Obama. Those core values included “systematic discrimination,” rounding up DREAMers, and silencing “dissent or the press.” All of that sounds quite reasonable.

Yet Obama had already done much behind the scenes to embarrass Trump and put up obstacles in his way. In a last-ditch effort to derail the agenda of incoming President-elect Trump, President Obama issued an edict preventing future gas drilling in our oceans and dismantled a registry designed to stop potential terrorists from entering the United States. His actions were calculated to raise the potential for future protest against Trump’s policies. Otherwise, why didn’t President Obama act on these policies sooner?

These policies were deliberately designed to cause trouble for the incoming president.

“In his enviro-extremism, President Obama is attempting to tie President-elect Trump’s hands by blocking vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean and stretches of the Atlantic from oil and natural-gas drilling,” noted Andy McCarthy for PJ Media in December. “The gambit…is part of an eleventh-hour wave by which Obama is flooding the regulatory zone: Promulgating so many rules—of the unpopular, hard-left variety that Democrats dare not unveil before Election Days—that he hopes the Trump administration will find it too cumbersome to undo all of them.”

Obama likely didn’t try to prevent this type of drilling earlier because he knew that Democrats would have faced a referendum on his controversial policies when they ran for re-election. But when Obama became a lame duck, and the Democrats had already lost the House and Senate, there was little left to prevent him from taking extreme action.

“See, the anti-drilling edict was not issued as a rule,” wrote McCarthy. “Obama’s lawyers combed the statute books and found a stray sentence in the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act…” By basing this new policy on a statute, Obama hoped that it will be more difficult for Trump to overturn.

After all, it could also become a public relations nightmare for Trump to be cast early in his first term as anti-wilderness and anti-environmentalist, promoting drilling in the pristine Arctic and Atlantic.

One of Trump’s campaign promises was to stop immigration from dangerous parts of the world. In advance of Trump’s reexamination of our immigration system, The New York Times reported that President Obama was “dismantling” a “dormant national registry program” which gave additional scrutiny to persons from countries with high levels of terror.

The Times admitted in December that this was an attempt by Obama and his cohorts to “prevent, or at least slow, what Democrats fear may be a swift rollback of President Obama’s efforts on immigration and climate change.”

A draft of an executive order by Trump indicates that he will temporarily stop immigration from “seven Muslim majority countries: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran,” reported Politico on January 25.

“Some people could get in, Trump suggested, but only after what he called ‘extreme vetting,’” reports USA Today.

Does this count as the “systematic discrimination” that Obama warned would prompt him to action? To many people this is basic, common sense.

The dismantling of this registry system was another blatant effort to stop Trump even before he took office. “Since the most controversial part of the Bush administration’s registration effort was abandoned in December 2003, the Obama team’s move to dismantle the regulations [of the Nseers program] is largely symbolic,” reported Politico.

But what these news outlets failed to mention is that the so-called Nseers program was very successful. The program “stopped at least 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who had attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry,” wrote Michelle Malkin in 2013. “But grievance-mongering identity groups and the American Civil Liberties Union could not stand the idea of an effective national security profiling database.”

Also, just “hours” before he left office, President Obama “released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority,” reported the Associated Press. As of January 25, this action was frozen and under review by the Trump administration.

Obama had released the money over the objections, and Congressional hold, of Republicans. “Republicans have increasingly called for blocking or canceling funding to the Palestinian Authority, not only because of unilateral diplomatic moves toward statehood, but also because of increasing evidence that funds are used to incite violence and provide financial rewards to terrorists,” reported Breitbart.

In December, the Obama administration chose to abstain from a UN Resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, allowing it to pass. Alan Dershowitz, who had voted for and supported Obama throughout his presidency, said that Obama was “stabbing Israel in the back,” and would go down in history “as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever.”

Obama’s ongoing antipathy toward Israel, and his attempts to bind the hands of Trump, create a stark contrast between the current and former presidents. In essence, Obama is forcing Trump to break continuity with the former administration in order to fulfill his campaign promises. Only time will tell whether Trump will look better or worse because of Obama’s many landmines.

Little could accentuate the difference between Obama and Trump than one of the former’s commutations. Trump has signaled his desire to build a border wall and decrease crime from illegal immigrants. Obama, instead, commuted the life sentences of four Mexican cartel leaders. “Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire,” writes Breitbart. “They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period.”

One more thing: Does anyone believe that if Hillary Clinton had won the election in November, Obama would have expelled 35 Russian diplomats, opened an investigation into FBI Director James Comey, and opened another investigation into Russia’s hacking?

All of these actions have one thing in common. President Obama waited until the elections were over and he was walking out the door. No profile in courage here.

The media continue to give Obama a pass, highlighting and even manufacturing his policy successes while ignoring his many scandals. While the outgoing president encouraged the press to hold Trump “accountable,” they failed, utterly, to hold Obama accountable. They were much more concerned with protecting his legacy. In contrast, the media’s long knives are out for Trump, and they have been since Election Day.

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  • Rex Larson

    Obama is still butt-hurt from the voters telling him and his criminal candidate Hillary Clinton to get their fake, America-hating a$$’s out of Washington because we’re not going to let them damage this nation more than they have already.

    People think Obama was trying to do harm to Trump with his pathetic behavior at the very end of his second term before leaving office. But I’ve heard from numerous government insiders Obama gets like this when he doesn’t get enough Popeye’s so go figure.

  • Kathy

    These lefties say that Trump is unfit to be president, but what obama did in his last days just shows how a child acts when they don’t get their own way! obama needs to be held accountable for all of his treasonous acts against the US!

  • Karen Nicholas

    Obama’s ONLY legacy is one of division, murder and mayhem.

  • Bennie Bennett

    I wish the press would have done their job. Cannot understand why they like this guy so much – he is un-American.

  • NoCoincidences

    Because 0bama is so coooooool….. lol

  • Bennie Bennett

    He is an arrogant empty suit who should never have held office.

  • D. G. Williams

    I watched the inauguration, wished I was there, and thought it beautiful, exciting, heartwarming. Made me very proud to be an American. All I ever saw on Michelle Obama’s face was a scowl. I would have been laughing, smiling, and jumping up and down.

  • Idaho Bob

    You answered your own question, as “he is un-american” so are they.

  • TPS12

    Funny msm doesn’t see anything bo did worth looking into or reporting on. No their not biased just deceitful, not covering is the same as lying.

  • Webuppp

    What else would you expect from a biracial marxists like obama. Obama has the blood of 500 thousand that have been killed in Syria. Nothing on human rites from the left, hillary has the same blood, both toppled Lydia , and Egypt. This started the arab spring, reinstituted the arab obsession of a world wide caliphate. This has been the goal of the satanic arab group for over a thousand plus years. The end results of the lastest…. 500 thousand dead, isis, and our lovely boys having yet again putting their lives on the line by the former marxists president obama and the psychological war on us all

  • Webuppp

    He needs to be hung, that is the requirement for high crimes against america, he is a traitor tyrant, so is manning, so is hillary

  • Webuppp

    Benny, the media did do its job and well, they conspired with thei marxist puppeteers that control the marxist propaganda can covered the news in a way to make obama look good, and conceal his tyranny against his own american people. The real question is, does he get away with his treason?

  • john robel

    The mulatto in chief’s (he is NOT the first “African American” prez) greatest achievement is——– Carter is no longer the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Hey, I didn’t start all the racist nonsense, the blacks and the press did.

  • Ted

    All Obama did was to get the last laugh on El Boca Grande! Good for him!

    Obama’s “legacy” is that he was left to clean up the monstrous mess created by the Bush administration … as Roosevelt was left to clean up Hoover’s monstrous mess … while both were being continually obstructed by a totally ineffectual Republican Party and its monied special interests.

    And, of course, Obama’s main legacy will always be that he will always be revered historically as the first African-American president.

  • Ted

    The correct word would be “hanged”.

    Seems like your very existence is a high crime against America!

  • Webuppp

    Another progressive drone, the high moral ground and smug attitude. As if i need your correction. You have anarchist marching from your group the progessive, and my existance for speaking truth is a high crime? It sad, to see a human being so blind, and brainwashed. With respect to hanged vs hung, one is present tense, the act, he needs to be hanged, my version hung, is past tense. In other words, it should have already been done. Understand teddy boy

  • John Cunningham

    Hasn’t sunk his fangs yet but, when he does, the Country will tremble.

  • Webuppp

    You really are a brainwashed talking point. Obama came into office with 8 trillion in the whole, trump takes over the dept is 21 trillion. We already had school you and i, so i ask you can you count? 8+13= 21. So obama nearly doubled the mess you speak of. Obama got the last laugh? Seriously how old are you dude? 221 million dollar to the Palestinians? American taxed money stolen from its citizens, even progressive idiots like you, and then given to a terrorist group. They were a terrorist group from it inception under yessir arafat and the PLO. Arafat, and his traveling nomads are from North Africa, in other words, your an uneducated man, speaking as though you have knowledge when you dont. The ”Palestinians” first attempt @ land was a coup attempt on the king Hassan of jordan. When it failed, arafat, and his nomads were militarily exiled to the Gaza Strip and West Bank. They were NEVER indigenous to that area ever. If you believed in God as i do, you’d know the boarders God made for his chose people. Ted, seriously, when you speak, speak on subject matter you know. Source knowledge and wisdom. Right now you are a silly uneducated man child.

  • Oldchopper

    You answered your own questions. They didn’t do their jobs because they’re all un-American.

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  • Lee Ryan

    That’s the only kind of face she can make with her low I.Q. of 115. So glad they’re gone.

  • Bruce

    Because MSM (mainstream Media) is un-American. They are owned and controlled by the globalists whose “hard left” bent is aimed at destroying the nation state, beginning with the biggest domino– America. I have no regard or respect for MSM at all– They’re a pack of Liars.

  • Tbear