Interesting how the Republican Party’s attitude towards the office of the presidency has changed in three short years. During the tenure of the previous POTUS, any imagined breach of protocol provoked outpourings of outrage with spokespeople twitching and yelling and waving their arms like one of those wind puppets parked outside used car lots.

First Lady Michelle Obama once was chastised for baring her shoulders at a state dinner. Then the GOP went ballistic for a week because her husband wore a tan suit. During the days of the 44th president, opponents were so desperate for any hint of controversy, Sean Hannity called Obama an elitist because he used Dijon mustard on a burger.

Obama was constantly besmirching the dignity of the office, and by doing so, America. But today, not a single thing Donald Trump does irks the same people. He can lie and steal, make stuff up and call the press “the enemy of the people” and the base doesn’t care. He could say Ronald Reagan betrayed the Republican Party by dying, and supporters would mumble, “Mmm-hmm. Yep. Boy, that’s the truth.”

Imagine if Obama had been accused of a tenth of the stuff that 45 has. One-hundredth. Ceaseless incessant persistent seething doesn’t even come close. Foaming. Fuming. Furiosity. Livid. Rabid. Pogo-stick hopping mad. Cheesed off to the point of sweating curds.

Can you picture how the GOP would have reacted if Barack Hussein Obama had saluted a North Korean general or neglected to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier on Memorial Day because it was raining? They would become so apoplectic they’d need plastic spit bibs to keep from ruining their suits.

How about if Obama claimed he had fallen in love with Kim Jong Un after the two had exchanged beautiful letters and then agreed with the North Korean when he attacked a potential presidential rival? Impeachment proceedings would have commenced before Air Force One was wheels down.

If Obama had sucked up to Vladimir Putin so hard he left hickeys the size of tuna cans, or accepted his claim of not interfering with our election over the opinion of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, or held private meetings with the Russian President out of range of any staffers or media, there would have been so many congressional committees convened the paperwork would have denuded the entire redwood forest north of San Francisco.

If Obama had used his self-named dodgy charity for political purposes or hinted that he would date his daughter if they weren’t related, tactical teams from evangelical churches would have rushed the Oval Office and forced him to his knees to pray for forgiveness on live TV.

And if Obama had attacked a war hero like John McCain, the same result. And if the first black president stalked a white woman around the debate stage like Donald did Hillary, forget the stake, the Republicans would be digging out a rope, looking for a tall tree.

Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed columnist and comic in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

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HavasuGuy

The republican party has shown their true colors in the last 10 years. They no longer care about America, they only care about old rich white guys and their money. I am so ashamed that I have changed my party affiliation to the Independent Party.

janaplum

Obama who! Who cares!

HwyRovr

Oh, my, here we have someone who does not remember the actions of President Obama to get us out of the economic morass left behind by that idiot Bush kid. Just to help you here are just a few hings accomplished by PRESIDENT OBAMA - Obama, Passed Health Care Reform - Rescued the Economy - Passed Wall Street Reform - Negotiated a Deal to Block A Nuclear Iran - Secured U.S. Commitment to a Global Agreement on Climate Change - Eliminated Osama bin Laden - Turned Around the U.S. Auto Industry - Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’ - Supported Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages - Reversed Bush Torture Policies - Established Rules to Limit Carbon Emissions from Power Plants - Normalized Relations with Cuba - Put Medicare on Sounder Financial Footing - Established Net Neutrality - Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards - Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Funding - Diversified the Federal Bureaucracy - Passed Fair Sentencing Act - Revived the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division - Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection - Gave the FDA the Power to Regulate Tobacco - Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense - Kick-started Clean Energy Investment - Reduced the Threat from Nuclear Weapons - Passed Credit Card Reforms - Cut Veteran Homelessness by Half - Expanded Overtime Pay - Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges - Cut the Deficit - Created the College Scorecard - Improved School Nutrition - Expanded the Definition of Hate Crimes - Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide - Strengthened Women’s Right to Fair Pay - Secured the Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria - Protected LGBTQ Americans From Employment Discrimination - Reduced Discrimination Against Former Prisoners in Federal Hiring - Won Major Victories Against Housing and Mortgage Discrimination - Expanded Broadband Coverage - Expanded Health Coverage for Children - Improved Food Safety - Rebuilt and Fortified the Gulf Coast post-Katrina - Avoided Scandal Of course the current occupant of the White House (uhh Mar–A-Lago) is working very hard to destroy every advance made by President Obama, particularly the last item.

JVW

Buffoon!! Plain and simple So Obama made a bunch of laws and regulations you got that right... Oh, Google the Veteran homeless that never met the goal and was run by 17 nonprofits. Gave Pallets of USA currency/$ to Iran in the Middle of the night. You're a Buffoon.

HwyRovr

Poor J once again has nothing better than to call me names and as a good little DOT is incapable of actually defending the moron currently in the White House but still manages to lie. As to the debunked hundreds of times nonsense about Obama giving Iran money the facts are a 2015 agreement freed up Iranian assets that had been frozen under sanctions since 1979. Called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal included Iran and the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The agreement only affected sanctions imposed to punish Iran for its nuclear program. Iran has other assets that remain frozen. In July 2015, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told lawmakers Iran would gain access to $56 billion. It iss important to know that little of that money was under the control of the United States or any U.S. bank. Most of it was in central and commercial banks overseas. Furthermore, it was Iran’s money to begin with, not a payment from any government to buy Iran’s cooperation. The $1.8 billion. The Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan analytic arm of Congress, reviewed this cash transfer in a 2018 report. It gave a total of $1.7 billion. That was the amount that U.S. and Iranian negotiators settled on to resolve an arms contract between the United States and Iran that predated the Iranian revolution in 1979. Iran had paid for military equipment, and it was never delivered. As of 1990, there were $400 million in that account. Negotiators agreed that accrued interest would add $1.3 billion to the amount. The United States sent the money to Iran in euros, Swiss francs and other currencies because it is illegal to give U.S. currency to Iran. The draft dodger lied – as usual - when he mentioned barrels and boxes. Reports at the time said the money was packed and loaded onto pallets, similar to how other bulk goods are shipped.

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