‘Have you checked where your stocks were when I came into office and where they are now?…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) President Obama spoke at a discussion event this week in Houston, Texas, and appeared bitter about the lack of praise he’s received since leaving office.
The former president made it clear that he wants credit for both combating climate change and for America’s booming oil industry — although the apparent contradiction didn’t seem to register.
“That was me, people,” Obama said.
The 44th president’s comments were part of a 25th anniversary celebration for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The Institute’s namesake, former Secretary of State James Baker, a Republican, was a part of the discussion.
Baker offered a polite counter-perspective while author Jon Meacham moderated.
To raised eyebrows, Obama gave himself credit for the country’s rising oil and natural gas output that he memorably undermined through the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior and executive order.
Obama singled handedly blocked the Keystone XL pipeline despite several positive environmental assessments from within his own administration. The pipeline was a major development for American energy independence and exportation, but Obama recast that bit of recent history.
“I know we’re in oil country, and we need American energy,” Obama boasted.
In the previous breath, Obama told Meacham, “I was extraordinarily proud of the Paris accords,” which is a United Nations-led international pact to cut fossil fuel emissions.
Baker didn’t challenge Obama, but in April he said that he had “serious doubts about exactly what effect man-made emissions may be having on the climate.”
Obama also praised himself for the booming economy and stock market under President Trump, and chastised listeners for the lack of credit he’s received.
“Have you checked where your stocks were when I came into office and where they are now?” Obama said. “What are you complaining about? Just say thank you, please.”
Obama, who received unprecedented media support while in office, blamed his unpopularity on Fox News, the only dissenting television network from his historically leftist administration.
“If you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader,” he complained.