Vendetta is the force behind Trump’s determination to wipe Obama’s legacy off the face the face of the earth.
Remember that April 30, 2011 speech Obama gave at the White House Correspondent Dinner where he literally roasted Trump until he turned pink?
Obama’s speech began with acknowledgement and pleasantries, and then proceeded to a joke about a rumor that if not tackled urgently could hurt Mitt Romney, from then onward he offloaded on Trump.
“And I know just the guy to do it – Donald Trump is here tonight! Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter – like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Obama asked rhetorically.
The laughter and applause from the audience repeatedly interrupted but Obama pressed on;
“But all kidding aside, obviously, we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example – no, seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice – at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team cooking did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around. But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately, you didn’t blame Lil’ Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night.”
Again the audience burst into laughter, except for Trump who sat quietly cold in the middle of the constant eruption of applause. Yet Obama wasn’t done;
“Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House. Let’s see what we’ve got up there,” Obama said veering toward one of the screens displaying Trump White House transformed into resort and a casino with swimming pool.
In retrospect, that joke may have been a big mistake, because Trump began fighting back the very next morning, calling Seth Meyer who also featured in the plot to humiliate a talentless joker, and criticizing Obama’s policies that he would abolish – he had begun contemplating running for president (New York Times, 2011)
Fast forward to 2018, Mr. Trump is now Mr. President. And in one year he has significantly dismantled most of Obama’s landmark achievements. Obamacare is gone, tax reform has been executed, and Obama’s last and only foreign policy accomplishment – the Iran Deal, has been obliterated.
At this rate, Obama’s memory will virtually not exist by the time Trump’s four years is over, and if he happens to win a second term, we can pretty sure carve Obama in a stone because policy-wise Trump will wipe him off of history.