The ex-president walks a very fine line between hypocrisy and honor as he throws himself into a fight to keep his version of America alive in the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Unlike other ex-presidents, Barack Obama has remained in the political fight for Democratic dominance in Washington by organizing anti-Trump protests around the country, a move to emulate a populist uprising that may not be as grassroots as he would like it to look.
The protests the media has shed light on at JFK airport in New York and LAX in Los Angeles, among others, were the most recent of a string of anti-Trump demonstrations that were organized by Obama’s Organizing for Action non-profit in which he’s thrown his weight behind along with his wife Michelle after leaving the White House. The organization is the latest incarnation of an ever-growing faux movement funded by anonymous billionaire donors – you know, that thing Obama hated so much called “Citizens United” that he wanted to overturn so badly in 2012. In an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) interview on the social media channel Reddit, he even went so far as to say,
“Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”
Being anti-super PAC has been a staple of Obama’s advocacy of a more populist and democratic country, yet his NGO benefits directly from Citizens United and some say is the very reason for the magnitude of the anti-Trump protests we are seeing.
Organizing for Action is recognized as the same Obama-led organization that propped him up during his first bid for president in 2009 under the name Organizing for America, and later under the name Obama for America during his 2012 presidential run. All three organizations have been 501(c)(4) non-profits which allow for anonymous corporate donations, of which many critics on social media have speculated are billionaires playing power games.