Poor Donald Trump. It’s understandable. Being the 45th President of the United States, following Barack Obama, really is tough. Even more so given that Obama had the ‘fortune’ of succeeding George W. Bush, the most unpopular president in American modern history.
The first black president’s star shone even brighter because of this, especially at the dawn of his era.
Poor Donald. He can’t even be another Bush, who, recently, is even being reassessed in view of the current president, a member of his own party. Yes, it’s true, George W. is the commander in-chief of the second Gulf War. He’s the son of the president of the first Gulf War. But today, he’s seen smiling and looking relaxed. Michelle Obama hugs him. He criticizes the disrespect shown by The Donald toward journalists, and his daughters remember how their father, just days after Sept. 11, went to a mosque, took off his shoes and gave a heartfelt and respectful speech about Islam and Muslims. Nothing like Trump, the Islamophobe. Yes, it’s true that he invaded Iraq a few days later, but that’s another story.
In a nutshell, Trump’s obsession for who came before him, and for Obama in particular, is worthy of understanding.
Even more so given that his predecessor is not just a ghost of the past. Barack is in the capital, only a few blocks from the White House. The Obama family has moved to a house in Kalorama, in the northern quarter of the capital, and the former president, with his very trusted adviser Valerie Jarrett, has already rented office space in the WWF building, just a couple of kilometers from his residence.