Standing apart

CNN is all in a lather because Obama has broken precedent by coming right out and saying that Trump is in no way qualified to be president.

It’s one more historic barrier President Barack Obama has shattered.

His vehement warnings that GOP nominee Donald Trump is temperamentally and intellectually unfit for the Oval Office leave Obama standing apart from almost all of his 43 predecessors in the extent to which he has publicly expressed a hostile attitude to a potential successor.

Yes but why is that? Because Trump stands apart in his lack of relevant education or experience, his lack of relevant skills and character traits, his lack of intellectual skills and basic compassion, his lack of seriousness and responsibility.

Obama’s withering dismissal of the opposing party’s nominee in such explicit terms is unique in the modern presidency, historians say.

“This is as aggressive as we have seen. (Obama) is the strongest president in recent decades in terms of intervening in the campaign,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history at Princeton University. “Not only is he active; he is making incredibly tough statements.”

Robert Smith, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University, agreed: “Obama’s remarks are unprecedented in modern times for sure.”

As are Trump’s. Horses for courses.

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