President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal demolished yet another pillar of Obama’s legacy, so the ex-president thought it was time to come out of the shadows by declaring his successor’s action as a “serious mistake” that could have devastating consequences.
Mr Obama’s defence of one of his signature foreign policy achievements was laid out in 12 meticulous paragraphs, culminating in a stinging sign-off.
Now, I’m going to quote that sign-off para, but I have taken the liberty of putting in brackets the reality as it should apply to him, and not to Donald J. Trump.
“Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of (against) the (my) kind of strong (weak) principled (unprincipled: red line; what red line?) fact-based (fake) and unifying (disunifying) leadership that can best (worst) secure and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.”
As one conservative wag put it: “with the Paris climate deal dead, the Iran nuclear deal on life support and Obamacare eviscerated, Obama’s only real legacy at this point is the presidency of Donald Trump.”
And thank heaven for that.