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NY Times Op-Ed: Save Us, Obama!

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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The New York Times ran an opinion piece Thursday arguing President Donald Trump’s leadership, or alleged lack thereof, has left the nation is shambles, and only former President Barack Obama can come to its rescue.

The author, Caroline Randall Williams, noted former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “hiding among the bushes,” former FBI Director James Comey learning that he was fired from “television reports,” Russian diplomats “laughing in the Oval Office,” and the Charlottesville protests in an effort to illustrate the poor the state of affairs in America under Trump.

Williams solution to this “unprecedented, and frankly, unpresidential,” period in American history: Obama must come and save America.

“We are a country troubled by the looming possibility of a constitutional crisis, and hate groups are claiming the president as theirs. We need your voice,” Williams wrote. “There is not a saner, more trustworthy opinion that many of us would rather hear…It’s time for you to come back.”

Obama has not stayed out of the public eye since leaving office, publicly opposing the president and describing Trump as “nothing but a bullshitter” after Trump took the Oval Office. (RELATED: Obama Continues Trashing Trump After Leaving Office)

Williams sees it differently, and praised, for the most part, the president’s actions since he returned to public life. She expressed her love for his tweet after the violence in Charlottesville, his speech at the University of Chicago in April, his comments leading up to Trump backing out of the Paris Agreement and his repudiation of Republicans’ attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The one thing Williams asks is that Obama be more active, more vocal and have a greater role in the current polical environment. If not only for her sake, he needs to do it for the Millennials who grew up under eight years of Obama’s leadership, a group that now does not know how to move forward.

“My generation graduated from college, got our first jobs and became adults all under the auspices of that truth. We learned to experience politics through the lens of your eloquent presence in the White House. In this respect, you raised us,” Williams wrote. “So we are unaccustomed to all of this wildness. Just because we’re grown doesn’t mean we don’t need to hear from the man who brought us up.”

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