WSJ: His presence in Washington will invite news reporters to seek his commentary and criticism of every move Mr. Trump makes. True, he told Mr. Axelrod he agreed with President Washington “that at a certain point, you make room for new voices and fresh legs.”
But he added a huge qualification: “Now, that doesn’t mean that if a year from now or a year and a half from now or two years from now, there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn’t just a debate about a particular tax bill or a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy that I might not weigh in.”
It’s a safe bet that many of the challenges the Trump administration presents to the Obama legacy will come under Mr. Obama’s heading of “foundational issues of our democracy.” His presence in Washington, not some faraway place like Chicago, will make it difficult to remain above the fray even if he wanted to. As his party’s most admired and most skilled politician, he will receive calls to join the battle early and often.
Tuesday evening Obama gave his farewell address and Wednesday Trump held his first post election press conference, realize there were no questions from the news media about Obama’s farewell let alone Obama. Obama has not left the White House and he has been forgotten by the news media.
Obama wants to hang on, like the news media yesterday, who Trump addressed.
News Media: Since you’re attacking us…
Trump: Your organization.
News Media: You’re attacking our news organization.
Trump: Your organization. You (different person) go ahead.
News Media: Let me ask the question sir.
Trump: Sir quiet.
News Media: Mr President elect…
Trump: She’s asking a question, don’t be rude…
News Media: Can you give us a question?
Trump: Don’t be rude. No I’m not gonna give you a, I’m not gonna give you a question. You are fake news.