The beam in Barack Obama's eye

"Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

"Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those who don’t look like us, or don’t sound like us or don’t pray like we do — that’s an old playbook. It’s as old as time. And, in a healthy democracy, it doesn’t work."

-- Former President Barack Obama, in a Sept. 7, 2018 speech at the University of Illinois Urbana.

Barack Obama returned to his true form when he zapped President Donald Trump and his supporters. His University of Illinois Urbana speech was full of half truths and, worse, it criticized the "other side" for the very divisiveness in which he and his supporters have engaged. It was a perfect example of hypocrisy.

True, Trump has debased the office he holds, his lies have endlessly spouted like lichen in the damp woods and he has trumpeted his (questionable) business acumen while having no clue how a democracy is supposed to work. His moronic behavior threatens the very causes he espouses. There's no lack of justifiable criticism of the cretin.

But why must we tolerate the return of the nightmare that got Trump elected in the first place--Barack Obama? Must we again suffer the hypocrisies and truth trimming that helped inflame the Right, just as Trump has inflamed the Left?

In Obama we have the perfect example of the hypocrite that Matthew identified. Who is more expert at "pitting" one group against another than Obama and the Left? Who more than anyone has appealed to "tribes" as much as Obama and the Left, with their constant and tiresome appeals to class, gender, race and an endless stream of other differences? Who more than anyone has ridiculed the American ideal of a melting pot and E pluribus unum (Out of many, one.)?

Didn't we have enough of the Left's own form of divisiveness without Obama having to remind us of it? (See John Kass, "Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue," and Victor Davis Hanson, "Why the left fears Devin Nunes" to re-immerse yourself in this nightmare.)

The media's slobbering over Obama's return is for me, a trained journalist, a deep embarrassment. Some will welcome it because it will energize the Right, but not me. If Trump's clownishness angers you, then perhaps you should be just as upset at Obama, who fundamentally is just another Trump in different dress.

Related: The Associated Press fact checks Obama's speech: "He doesn't always tell the straight story."

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  • You mention that Barack Obama was a nightmare.

    Aside from roaming the halls of the White House in black skin, exactly how was he a nightmare for America?

    Aside from being black, how exactly, was Barack Obama divisive and how, except for being black did he "stir up" the Right?

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