We need Obama

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued. They quarreled. Eventually they compromised. They expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity the idea that for all our outward differences, we're all in this together; that we rise or fall as one," former President Barack Obama said in his farewell address to the nation on Jan. 10.

This is an appeal to the former leader of the Democratic Party, it is time to return to politics. We need your eloquent speeches. We need your foresight and understanding. We need your leadership to oppose President Donald Trump's dismantling of your legacy.

Here's a quick rundown of the things then-President Obama accomplished in the Oval Office. He helped reverse a great recession. He helped reboot our auto industry. He unleashed the longest stretch of job creation in U.S. history. He helped to shut down Iran's nuclear weapons program without firing a shot. He oversaw the takedown of bin Laden. He helped win marriage equality for gays and lesbians. He helped to secure the right to health insurance for 20 million people who would have gone without. He helped open a new chapter with Cuba.

According to the New York Times, Obama plans to stay involved in public life; unlike George W. Bush who has mostly focused his energies away from politics since his time in office. The report goes on to say that Obama wants to focus on cultivating future generations of leaders.

While we need new dynamic Democrats to lead us forward, the Democratic Party has a leadership vacuum right now. Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer are effective leaders, but someone all Democrats could rally behind is needed. Hillary Clinton is an asset, but she was rejected by almost half the country. Obama is the only one in the Democratic Party with a high enough profile to oppose Trump and rally Democrats.

With President Trump's budget proposals threatening to cut 31 percent of the EPA, 29 percent of the State Department and 14 percent of Education Department, and Trump's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full swing, how can Obama stay on the sidelines?

That's not to mention President Trump's unfounded assertions that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Towers during the 2016 campaign. President Trump's policies are a direct assault on the Obama legacy and his personal statements are outright attacks against Obama's character.

I hope that former President Obama comes to his senses and interjects himself back into the political fray before it is too late.