Former President Barack Obama’s embrace of the luxury lifestyle reveals his true nature, talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday.
“The Obamas are under fire. The left is seething at Obama. Are you aware of this? Because he’s on this never-ending exotic vacation with all these billionaires. He’s on David Geffen’s yacht out there, which looks like a Carnival cruise line ship. I mean, it’s that big. He’s hanging around Malaysia. He’s hanging around Marlon Brandon’s place over in Bali. He is doing all these speeches for bankers. I mean, they’re looking at him as a sellout,” he said.
Media accounts have chronicled Democrats looking askance at Obama for visiting exotic and expensive locations.
“These trips are like the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” said Democratic strategist Pat Caddell. “I think the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, when they see President Obama, whom they instinctively want to defend being the corporatist president, I think it makes the base uneasy.”
“I am not surprised by Obama’s several recent foreign vacations. As president, he disappointed millions of supporters who hoped he would be a strong advocate for working-class people,” said Dr. David Michael Smith of the Houston Socialist Movement.
Some say the images of Obama at play show a different man than the one who led America.
“I’m a little sick of seeing photos of President Obama on vacation with Richard Branson. Just tone it down with the kite-surfing pictures. I’m glad he’s having a nice time — America is on fire,” said HBO host John Oliver Monday.
Oliver said that Obama was at times accused of being out of touch as president.
“I’m not sure he’s ever been more out of touch than he is right now,” Oliver said.
Limbaugh said the outrage is caused by the fact that liberals never really knew Obama.
“I know better who Obama is and what he’s made up of and what his objectives are than all of these sycophants who had this slavish devotion to the guy. They had a slavish devotion to an ideal,” he said.
Limbaugh said Obama’s supporters worshipped an image of Obama that they created.
“He was a blank canvas, and they could make him whatever they wanted him to be, and he was nothing like what they wanted him to be. He’s just like the Clintons, craving cash, craving money, craving status that derives from wealth. He desires to be friends with the people in that stratosphere. And he’s doing everything he can to hobnob with them and to become one of them in mind and body and bankbook. And he’s being viewed here as a sellout to the cause,” Limbaugh said.
Although Obama has said he will spend time supporting liberal causes, Limbaugh noted the former president is nowhere near the U.S. much of the time.
“He doesn’t hang around here. He’s back home — up, sorry — he’s back in Indonesia. He was over in Malaysia. He’d been palling around in Greece with David Geffen on the yacht and so forth,” Limbaugh said.
“I don’t care, folks. It doesn’t matter to me what people do. But there are people on the left feeling like they have been betrayed, like Obama is a sellout. We tried to tell ’em, for how long did we try to tell them? Fell upon deaf ears,” he added.
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