Former President Barack Obama is not only endorsing Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become the House Speaker, he’s also praising her ability to “see around corners.”
During an interview Tuesday with his former aide David Axelrod for “The Axe Files” podcast, Obama said Pelosi’s “skill, tenacity, toughness, vision, is remarkable.”
“Her stamina, her ability to see around corners, her ability to stand her ground and do hard things and to suffer unpopularity to get the right thing done, I think, stands up against any person that I’ve observed or worked directly with in Washington during my lifetime,” Obama said.
“Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country has ever seen,” Obama suggested, which many will undoubtedly dispute.
Barack Obama: "Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country has ever seen." (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/yclhKG9mlT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 21, 2018
Obama gushing over Pelosi comes as she is currently facing arguably the strongest politcal headwinds of her career.
Earlier this week, 16 House Democrats signed and sent a letter vowing to oppose Pelosi’s bid for the speakership.
After Pelosi said 14 of the 16 Democrat members who signed a letter in opposition to her bid for Speaker are men — implying sexism was in play — Obama swooped to her defense on Tuesday and tried to clean up her mess.
This has been quite a week for Obama, who made a slew of eyebrow raising comments on Monday.
While speaking at the Obama Foundation in Chicago on Monday, the former president used a disgusting term on Monday when discussing officials who do not cower to his demands.
“You start think, ya know what, this alderman is a knucklehead,” Obama began, insulting fictitious characters in his hypothetical scenario.
Obama was complaining about the difficulty of trying work with community organizers in smaller areas to get projects done.
“So, then you go to the state legislature, and you look around,” Obama said, oddly chuckling. “These ‘jamokes’… not all of them, but I’m just saying you start to get a sense of ‘this is what it was like dealing with the alderman.’”
Appearing at the end of the 19th century as a blend of java + mocha, by the 1920s it became slang for someone who lacked mental abilities beyond that of a cup of coffee, probably influenced by moke.
In the 1960s, it also began to be used as slang for male genitalia.
Obama was not only complaining about local community leaders not cowering to him, he used a slang term that has salacious meanings.
By Obama’s logic, those who don’t cower to him are either comparable to man’s genitalia or their mental capacity is similar to a cup of coffee.
He went on to even criticize world leaders in the same condescending fashion, claiming it’s the “same people” sitting in G-20 meetings.
In that same speech, Obama suggested that President Donald Trump is a confused, angry racist who has “mommy issues.”
The former president didn’t mince words about how he feels about the current state of politics.
Obama, arguably one of the most divisive political figures in recent years, didn’t mention Trump by name, but said the reason problems such as climate change haven’t been fixed is because of anger, racism, and “mommy issues.”
“The reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues,” Obama said, with the crowd laughing at his comment that was more than likely aimed at Trump.
Obama takes a veiled shot at Trump: Says he's not acting on global warming because of "hate, anger, racism — mommy issues." pic.twitter.com/cnniVOl7sl
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 20, 2018
In another not so subtle jab at the current president, Obama suggested the U.S. was in a much better place before Trump was sworn into office less than two years ago.
Obama was talking about his belief that people would overwhelming choose to live in the United States over other countries in the world.
“You’d choose now – or maybe two years ago,” Obama snidely said, with the crowd snickering as he continued to take shots at Trump.
Since leaving office, Obama has made it a point to continuously go after Trump and make everything about how great he continues to believe he is.