May 1, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Attacks Obama Again

Senator Elizabeth Warren is making a habit out of attacking former President Barack Obama. Last week, Warren spoke out against Obama’s big money speech, saying she was “troubled” by it. Warren, not content to just criticize Obama’s post-presidency, is now looking back critically on his presidency.

Speaking with The Guardian, Warren slammed Obama’s handling of the economy saying that his policies did not help the “lived experiences of most Americans”:

“’I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talk about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots,’ she told the Guardian. ‘That GDP, unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans.”

Warren added that under President Obama, “most Americans” got “kicked in the teeth”:

“And the lived experiences of most Americans is that they are being left behind in this economy. Worse than being left behind, they’re getting kicked in the teeth.”

While Warren is clearly positioning herself for 2020, her attacks on Obama are odd considering that Obama left office with a 93% approval rating among Democrats. Warren’s recent comments are also completely at odds with what she was saying back in January. On January 10th, Warren tweeted her thanks to President Obama, and specifically cited his handling of the economy:

During Warren’s 2012 DNC speech, she also claimed that President Obama had spent “his life fighting for the middle class.”

In the past Warren has made negative comments Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Taking on Obama is clearly something Warren is doing to position herself as the new leader of the Democratic Party. Yet like everything Warren does, it’s just a thinly veiled attempt to promote herself.