After months of vacations, celebrity photo shoots, and trips on super yachts, we all knew that Barack Obama would eventually emerge to attack President Donald Trump. However, now that Obama is back, some people missed his first attack and how, surprisingly, it was a spear hurled directly at Hillary Clinton.
In his first public remarks since leaving Washington, D.C., Obama appeared at the University of Chicago to talk about the “stereotypical profile of somebody who has a good likelihood of shooting or getting shot here in Chicago,” according to Daily Caller. Obama’s intent was to encourage young leaders to get involved in their communities to affect positive change.
“The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world,” said Obama, who sat onstage, wearing a black suit, white button-down shirt and no tie, with a half-dozen Chicago-area activists in their teens and 20s, as dozens more student leaders watched on. [Source: Washington Post]
The former president went on to describe troubled youths who often meet tragedy in cities like Chicago:
“They had grown up in some cases in foster care or their mother was a drug addict and they had been neglected, so even within the city boundaries a lot of times we will characterize our neighbors as something entirely different than us, that we can’t understand and that we are afraid of and we can’t communicate with. Political rhetoric reinforces that. They need to be heard too.”
“If the six of you had been in that conversation,” Obama said to the group of young people also taking part in the panel, “You would have come away not saying, ‘these are some thugs or super predators that I can’t relate to.’ You would actually say, ‘man, if I had gone through what they went through, I’m not sure how things would have worked out for me, either.’” [Source: Daily Caller]
Those with keen ears and a knowledge of history immediately knew that Obama’s use of the term “super predators” was a direct dig at none other than his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In 1994, Clinton used the term heavily when speaking in support of Bill Clinton’s crime bill. She was immensely criticized in the years that followed and eventually forced to apologize for her words during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Take a look at Hillary’s controversial speech, below:
Obama’s reference to super predators can be heard in the following clip:
The direct slight of Hillary Clinton raises a question in the minds of many: Why would Barack Obama attack her instead of Trump? Possibly, he blames her for the failure of the Democrat Party. It is better, in his eyes, for her to take the fall for destroying the once powerful Democrats, rather than him.
Perhaps he believes that his wife, Michelle Obama, will someday run for office, and maybe he wants Hillary Clinton to stay in retirement. In either case, the dig was not something he would have done last year, during the presidential campaign. Hypocritical? Yes. Surprising? Not really.