“The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president, I said it last week and he keeps on proving it,” Mr Obama said. “The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family, that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues, in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia, means that he is woefully unprepared to do this job.”
“This is different from just having policy disagreements,” with the candidate of the other party, Mr Obama said, addressing reporters alongside the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, who was on an official visit to the White House on Tuesday.
“There have been Republican presidents with whom I have disagreed, but I didn’t have a doubt they could function as president,” Mr Obama went on. “I think that I was right that Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn’t have done the job.”
“I would have said…I know they are going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense, they will observe basic decency, will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy…that our government will work,” Mr Obama said. “But that’s not the situation here.”
This was an extraordinary attack by a sitting President. Usually they stay out of elections. In what way does Obama think Trump is “unfit”? From what I can make out what he’s saying is that Trump doesn’t abide by “norms and rules and common sense.” And that’s probably true, at least in one narrow sense: Trump doesn’t abide by Obama’s “norms and rules and common sense.”
It’s probably also true that Trump isn’t that strong on any number of issues like Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. But what newly-elected President ever is? Very few, I imagine. That’s why they surround themselves with seasoned foreign policy advisers.
By “unfit”, I took it he meant that Trump was physically or mentally unfit. But he doesn’t seem to me to be either. And Obama offered no evidence for it.
But what about Hillary Clinton? Here’s Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams:
Clinton looks unhealthy to me, and to many observers. And she has had some unexplained episodes that look like leftover brain damage from her concussion, or from a stroke, or something. See Mike Cernovich explain this one. I’m not a doctor, so my medical opinion has zero credibility. But there is certainly a legitimate question here. If voters are not confident in the brain-health of their candidates, that’s as big a problem as you can have.
Don’t act like it doesn’t matter. If you do, you’re a science-denier.
I also think Trump needs to get tested at the same time. He does have a lot of energy, if you know what I mean. At age 70, nearly all adults are on some sort of meds. Let’s sort it out. Their meds might not be the type that influence decisions.
The photos, published by the Reuters and Getty news agencies, show Mrs. Clinton, 68, receiving help as she tries to ascend a staircase in front of a home. The images were actually taken in February when the former first lady was campaigning for president in South Carolina…
Mrs. Clinton has a history of falling. After fainting and falling in 2013 while U.S. secretary of state, she was treated for a blood clot in a vein in her head at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital.
In 2009, she fell on her way to the White House and broke her elbow.
So who’s really “unfit” for the office of President?
We may find out over the next 3 months. My bet is that, given that Hillary Clinton hasn’t done any press conferences for about 8 months, she’s isn’t going to want to do any debates with Donald Trump either. And if she does, I’ll expect to see her faint or freeze or require medical assistance half way through.
Maybe that’s why Obama is intervening strongly on her behalf.