Obama Chimes In

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The Atlantic: “Less than 24 hours after an astonishing joint news conference between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, in which Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence agencies, former President Barack Obama finally did what his supporters have waited for him to do since he left the Oval Office.”

“He spoke up, forcefully, with a dire warning about the direction of global politics. ‘I am not being alarmist, I’m simply stating the facts,’ Obama said in a closely watched speech in South Africa.”

“‘Look around,’ he said. ‘Strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, where those in powers seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.'”

“‘The free press is under attack,’ he added. ‘Censorship and state control of media is on the rise. Social media, once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity, has proved to be just as effective promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories.”’

“In the 18 months since he left the presidency, Obama’s silence has frustrated some of his supporters even as Trump has dismantled many of his predecessor’s most-cherished accomplishments, including the nuclear deal with Iran and the Affordable Care Act.”

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