@RoadRunner to be fair Obama kept most of his attacks internal and on individuals who couldn’t fight back.
“The police acted stupidly”
“If I had a son…”
“Clinging to their guns and bibles”
Some fairish fights with Rush and various personalities on talk radio and Fox.
He also had a habit of insulting our allies and embracing our enemies. Though I don’t fault the embracing enemies too much, that’s politics as it was.
England, multiple times. Calling the Falklands the Maldives was an insult and an error since Argentina calls them the Malvinas.
Poland: “Polish Death Camps” for one.
Israel: Calling their PM a “liar” off mike among others.
These quotes didn’t get much airplay on most mainstream media, and if they did the reporting was in such a way that none of those statements were attacks or faux pas.
I think sitting Presidents should keep their damn mouths shut about most things. This kibitzing by Obama and doubling down on it by Trump is annoying. I know both are/were attempting to guide policy by shaping or testing public opinion, or pleasing the base with one off statements, but it would be better all around if either A) they shut up most of the time, or B) the press stop acting like it’s a pronouncement by the Pope.
Presidents misspeak, and it used to be a big damn deal, the last 20 years or so it got worse and worse and now it happens all the time and no one worries about it unless they have an axe to grind.
Eventually a comment about something by the president won’t mean anything since they’ll be in the habit of pronouncing judgement on everything.