Barack Obama is living a post-presidential life and still dispensing the same wisdom and coolness as he exhibited during his time as the 44th President of the United States. Apparently, 44 lives rent-free inside President Donald Trump’s head, this after the former business mogul attempted to shift the blame of the coronavirus response to the Obama administration.
In one of his usual ham-handed morning missives on Twitter on Friday (March 13), President Trump wrote the following string of “thoughts”:
For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it. It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped. President Obama made changes that only complicated things further…..
… Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!
Folks accustomed to Trump’s bluster should be able to see that this is another attempt to deflect from the fact he and his administration fumbled the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak domestically and are still doing damage control.
This kind of tactic works with MAGA nutjobs and conservative pundits who need fodder to rile up their respective bases and listeners, but it’s awfully thin to place the blame on Obama for what should have been a far more robust response to the pandemic.
As it stands, folks on Twitter are letting Trump know that trying to blame Obama for his gaffe isn’t going to fly. We’ve got those reactions below.
Trump has been in charge of the country for more than three years. The main outbreak-related action he took was to disband the pandemic preparedness unit within the White House and try to slash CDC funding. Now he's blaming Obama. He is so unbelievably unfit for office. https://t.co/IgelttF0EL— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 13, 2020
As Trump tries blaming Obama for CDC problems, let's recall:— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) March 13, 2020
-Every Trump budget has proposed cutting CDC's budget. His OMB chief still backs cutting $1.2 billion this year
-Trump's 2017 hiring freeze left 700 CDC positions vacant
(From May 2017👇) https://t.co/q5hO0g9flt
I am at my fucking wit’s end that this man’s whims are actively endangering us in a very real way and I just want to cry. People are literally dying and all he cares about is blaming Obama. pic.twitter.com/u2fywPHfxZ— Kyle "I will not not be rich" Thomas (@khemingway) March 13, 2020
Blaming Obama? WTF #ImpeachTrump again, before he kills any more of us. Puerto Rico was his warm-up.— Denise Oliver-Velez 💛 (@Deoliver47) March 13, 2020
Stop blaming Obama you did this it's your fault the CDC doesn't have any test kits because you fired everybody be a grown ass man take fucking responsibility for once pic.twitter.com/hg5saolbih— Marylyn Johnson (@Marylyn33506664) March 13, 2020
Lies.— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) March 13, 2020
Trump is again blaming Obama for his coronavirus testing failures.
Did Obama make Trump fire the NSC team responsible for global pandemics? No.
Did Obama force Trump’s CDC to deny WHO tests, create their own, and restrict testing criteria? No.
Lame, weak deflection. https://t.co/k3E6ez3LKY
You’ve been in office OVER 3 YEARS! Do something besides blaming Obama for your shortcomings. You are so incompetent. pic.twitter.com/FvIUhhoGAt— G.R. Scott (@LakevilleGal) March 13, 2020
Trump bitch ass is blaming obama ad the cdc for the #Covid_19 virus even tho his dumbass fired their pandemic committee and his dumbass knew since January and did nothing bout it. This idhis fucking fault. pic.twitter.com/1oQcFeQqrn— Brown Butterfly She/Her (@purpleisdabest) March 13, 2020
Blaming #Obama? Seriously? This is like having your house robbed and blaming the prior owner for not having installed the best locks. You’re a moron... and a failure. And a sociopath who’s causing Americans to DIE... #Trump #coronavirus— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 13, 2020
It was 13 days ago that Trump called the coronavirus a hoax at a campaign rally... today he’s blaming Obama for his lack of response to it. pic.twitter.com/D6MRH3FVy0— Holly Lee (@LeeHolly81) March 13, 2020
If you’ve been president for 3 years and you are blaming Obama and the cdc for this situation does that mean that the stock market rising still for last for 3 years wasn’t trumps doing? Can’t have it both ways— Paul Tre (@Stupid_as_a_fox) March 13, 2020
Blaming. Obama. Is. Not. Leadership.— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) March 13, 2020
Besides, we all already know how well you measure up to him. pic.twitter.com/ty2Db2Gl5Z
You’re a full grown fat a** man who responds to situation like a child. Stop blaming Obama! You have proven to be an inept leader, you shoot from the hip and lack the necessary vision and knowledge to adequately lead, especially during a crisis. pic.twitter.com/jCIt9ZXOXd— John Josephs (@jjkona1107) March 13, 2020
When Trump realizes blaming Obama for the way he handled and lied about the Coronavirus won’t work, who will he blame next?— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) March 13, 2020
So trump is now blaming Obama, Biden and the CDC Apparently he has not been in charge of the federal government until yesterday...or was he in charge while cutting the budget? What about last week when he said there are millions of tests available? #confused #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/vFUfhrG50U— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 13, 2020