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Barack Obama Makes His First Political Endorsement – of Justin Trudeau

Former President Barack Obama has been somewhat stingy where it comes to his political endorsements. He has not even weighed in on the current crop of Democrats who are vying for the honor of toppling his successor, the current President Donald Trump. His absence from the race is especially conspicuous because the vice president who served him, Joe Biden, is one of those candidates and could well use his help.

Indeed, the Washington Examiner once noted that Obama tried to discourage Biden from running. “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.”

Obama’s forbearance does not extend to people running for leaders of foreign countries. According to CNN, the former president tweeted his endorsement of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for reelection.

“I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He’s a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term.”

Obama’s endorsement shows, if anything else, the former president’s capacity for forgiveness when ideology is on the line. Trudeau kicked up a firestorm when pictures of him, the most recent from 2001 when he was a 29-year-old school teacher, in blackface. During his apology, Trudeau suggested that he did not know how many times he had gone out in public with his face darkened. The resulting firestorm severely damaged Trudeau’s prospects for reelection.

The Obama endorsement may not be enough to save Trudeau, according to a piece in the Toronto Sun. The prime minister finds that his popularity, once in the stratosphere when he was elected the first time, is in free fall. Indeed, Trudeau is less popular in Canada than President Trump is in the United States. The Sun suggests that there are three reasons for this development.

“The first: He over-promised and under-delivered.

“Trudeau did that a lot. On electoral reform, on balanced budgets, on ethical reform, on being the feminist champion and the indigenous reconciler: In every case, he promised the Earth but delivered only dust.”

The article notes an incident when Trudeau tried to rescue a Liberal Party donor from a corruption rap, in the process throwing two women, one an indigenous Canadian, who were witnesses against the defendant under the bus.

“Second reason: He thinks he’s far more charming and entertaining than he actually is.”

Trudeau is, by all accounts, one of those people who will tell an unfunny joke and then becomes baffled when no one laughs. He behaves embarrassingly and people, instead of being entertained, cringe. The blackface incidents are just examples among many that Trudeau thought were hilarious at the time, but in retrospect thinks the better of. The “peoplekind” incident also comes to mind.

“The third and final reason that Trudeau is less popular than Trump is neatly, and expertly, mirrored in the Conservative Party’s shrewd attack ad slogan: Justin Trudeau. Not as advertised.’”

It’s a truism in politics that one can’t beat something with nothing. Canada’s Conservative Party is mounting a pretty effective campaign to topple Trudeau from his premiership and replace him with their leader, Andrew Scheer. Scheer, by the way, holds dual Canadian and American citizenship. According to an article in the Atlantic, Scheer has won support, not just from white Canadians, but ethnic minorities by standing in opposition to Green New Deal politics and in supporting working people and business entrepreneurs. He has painted Trudeau as an international playboy, out of touch with ordinary Canadians.

History suggests that Obama’s endorsement is not going to persuade anyone who is on the fence to vote for Trudeau. Obama’s history of getting people elected who are not named Obama is sketchy at best. The first midterm election of his presidency, that took place in 2010, saw a bloodbath for the Democrats that saw control of the House pass to the Republicans. The second midterm, 2014, featured the fall of the Senate to GOP control.

Obama has, therefore, again, taking the risk of hitching himself and his political mojo to a falling star. It doesn’t matter, though. Barack Obama is out of elected politics and, slowly but surely, in the view of many, is fading into irrelevancy. Justin Trudeau may suffer the same fate sooner than he would like.

 

Comments (37)

  1. Barack Obama – a Muslim raised and Marxist indoctrinated phony – is no friend of the United Sates, and neither is Justin Trudeau. Unregulated, chaotic immigration is designed to destroy western Civilization and pave the way for a word-wide Muslim caliphate. As a Mufti stated awhile back, “We will continue until the (American) White House is an Islamic Center. “

  2. He was a lousy president & was elected for 1 reason & only 1 reason – for the Black community – believe there were better people out there

  3. Does anybody really care who Barack endorses?

  4. Another “Blah, Blah, Blah” moment . . . Not worth noting. I don’t listen to FAILED presidencies. especially THIS one. He belongs with Jimmy Carter, another MISERABLY failed president – BOTH Democrats. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great again).

  5. So O’bama is meddling in Canada’s elections?

    • Of course, how could he not meddle. That is what he has done with other countries, in violation of our laws. Then we have Greta what’s her name, up in Canada now trying to influence their election. Why do these interlopers think they are entitled to try to influence the citizens of other countries on how to vote.

    • OBAMA AND OMAR (MUSLINS) BOTH HAVE Endorsed Justin Trudeaw ,Socialist.
      Obama AND Omar plan is to start filling the country of Canada with MUSLINS LIKE OBAMA DID WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT.

      Maybe Obama & Omar will also starting filling Canada with all the Illegal Immigrants from Mexica, El Salvador, Guatelmala and all the South American countries.

  6. I am so sorry I ever voted for this piece of garbage to be president of the United States , Obama is a disgrace and is a traitor to this country I have never seen a president go after a duly elected president the way Obama consciously goes after present Donald Trump , I think he is upset that Pres. Donald Trump destroyed his merry band of men called Isis because it was under his administration that this terrorist group was born in Obama sent Iran billions of dollars of cash wrapped up on pallets to help support this terrorist group if you think that money went anywhere else that you are a bigger full than anyone could ever imagine that money was used to kill our soldiers our young men and women who are fighting for freedom why Obama was funneling money through Iran and Isis , and the truth did come out present Donald Trump was one of percent correct Obama is not a US citizen he lied he was born in Kenya not Hawaii and there was a video with Obama saying the exact words from his own mouth where he was born from and he spoke the words Kenya not the USA

  7. OBAMA= Our biggest ASS MISTAKE America

  8. Canada’s Conservative Party candidate Andrew Scheer is remarkably like John “Songbird’ McCain and Jimmy Carter so it appears Canada could lose either way.

  9. O ‘ BUTTHEADS and his DERANGED and DEPLORABLE HE/SHE WIFE are running SCARED and they will do anything to SAVE FACE with doing
    this type of CRAP. JUSTIN TRUDEAU is another DERANGED and DEPLORABLE individual with some SERIOUS MENTAL PROBLEMS that O ‘ BUTT HEAD has a BORN LOOSER, RADICAL RACIST and BIGOT. Anyone with this kinda CRAP deserves to be IMPEACHED and IMPRISONED.

  10. when it comes to obama the one person he thinks about is him and his legacy——-well — i beleive when the true birth certificate comes out about this dirt bag- he legacy is going a out the window for sure. the nhe will be strpped of everything that he held dear. #44 will be gone all his medals , his homes . well micheal/michelle better grab now otherwise it will be all gone and he will me in fed prison or at gitmo.! never to be ablwe to talk with that lying mouth of his.! he is a muslim people face it and that is part oftheir dna-lying to the infidals

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