Trump’s Nightmare? Obama Could Become Shadow President

Donald Trump’s extremist agenda may face an unprecedented challenge from the beginning of his presidency in the form of an opposition party led by President Barack Obama.

At a press conference in Peru, the President said, “I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance.”

But he added, “As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I’ll examine it when it comes.”

As the Democratic Party sorts out its leadership after the election loss, Obama remains a popular figure in America with an approval rating of 56% — and even stronger support within the Democratic Party.

The American model has generally seen Presidents fade away post-election, but Obama could buck the tradition in order to temper the extreme agenda that Trump and congressional Republicans have planned. In addition to anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant policies, Republicans also have plans to privatize Medicare and possibly Social Security which could cause an immediate backlash to their electoral wins. The fact that Trump lost the popular vote and lacks a mandate for his presidency would likely factor in to any possible resistance to his agenda.

The tradition of a “shadow party” has been a part of European politics, particularly in the United Kingdom where an opposition party sets up shadow ministers in order to counter the party in power.

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  • wayne

    HAHAha
    Not a lot Obama could do from his jail cell

    • Skipper Martin

      F.U. asshole.

    • cf2k

      What Skipper said, Fascist.

    • LEK56

      Time will tell if your new grifter-in-chief keeps even one promise. (Hint: He won’t) But please, continue to come and spout your cute missives as if it means something.

    • that guy

      Shit, we let chaney and bush walk. Come after Obama. I dare you.

      • wayne

        HAHAHA he’s going down with his boyfriend Michelle

  • dbtheonly

    Shadow Prime Ministers are those who will hold office when the the Party forms a government. Since President Obama is barred from being President again, the idea doesn’t work.

    Don’t know what to make of it but, bothered by his comments to Democrats, “know what you stand for”. You not we. Almost like he isn’t one of us anymore.

    • Sunn m’Cheaux

      That’s quite a reach. He was answering a question specifically about his advice to Democrats congressmen and women serving under Trump. The full quote:

      “I certainly don’t want them to do what [Republican Senator] Mitch McConnell did when I was elected … say our sole objective is to not cooperate with [you] on anything, even if the country is about to go into a depression … That’s not why the American people send us to Washington, to play those games.”

      “My advice to Democrats is know what you care about and what you stand for, and fight for your principles. Even if it’s a hard fight.”

      He didn’t distance himself, as if he’s not a Democrat any more. He spoke from the perspective of an outgoing Democrat leader addressing the task at hand for remaining Democrats congress under a new Republican leader.

  • LEK56

    Sounds like a plan. Plus, he’s only a few miles from he White House.

  • I’m not sure who “admin1” is but he sure seems to be angry that other people have free speech-protected opinions!

  • David Blair

    Obama did a lousy job as president, do you really think he could do anything as a shadow president?? this article is a joke.

    • LateNightLarry

      Spouting the Trump and RepubliKKKLOWN line… why don’t you get your nose out of Drumpf’s ass and read some legitimate news?… The RepubliKKKLOWN party never accepted Barrack Obama as their President, and did everything they could to prevent his success… but he still managed to get things done over your objections and lies.

    • JakeHalsted

      see this is what I don’t get…”Obama did a lousy job as President” Could you support that?

    • Dusty Ayres
  • Malik Gibbons

    I have little doubt that Obama will be active and vocal in a way that past presidents have not been. Trump, his criminal family and his Team of Bigots present an unprecedented danger to American democracy. Obama will have little choice but to enter the fray, when, not if, Trump steps over the line.

  • William Anderson

    Two thoughts. First in the British system, MPs of the ruling party become heads of cabinet departments so that a minority party (Labour) has to be ready to form a government immediately after an election. Second usually here Opposition HR and Senators perform that function. We don’t have a candidate for 2020 yet s/he who could perform that function