Former President Barack Obama was able to win the presidency in the first place because the media never challenged his lies. However, things have changed since he first took office in 2009.
Obama was blasted on social media for claiming he was tough on Russia during his presidency, Fox News reported. He made these remarks at the “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference held at the University of Chicago.
“I will say that, as someone who grappled with the incursion into Crimea and the eastern portions of Ukraine, I have been encouraged by the European reaction,” Obama said. “Because, in 2014, I often had to drag them kicking and screaming to respond in ways that we would’ve wanted to see, from those of us who describe ourselves as Western democracies,” the former president added.
This sent Twitter into a tizzy as many pointed out the reality of the Obama years. “Watch Obama’s self-serving revisionist history of how his administration responded the last time Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014,” Max Abrahms, Terrorism expert and International security professor at Northeastern University, tweeted.
Similarly, RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway zeroed in on how Obama characterized his response to the Crimea situation. He pointed out the absurdity in” ‘grappled’ = did nothing after spending years mocking anyone that thought Russia was threatening and still refused to arm Ukraine,” Hemingway tweeted.
Others used Obama’s own words from when he sniped that “the 1980s” wanted “their foreign policy back” in response to then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a 2012 debate. Romney had named Russia as America’s greatest geopolitical threat, which Obama mocked.
Conservative firebrand account AGHamilton29 had the most comprehensive take on the problem with Obama’s recollection. “Umm I definitely remember this going a little differently,” the account tweeted Wednesday. “What I remember is that after Russian separatists shot down a civilian airliner and Russia invaded a sovereign country, we just passed weak and targeted sanctions. All because Obama wanted Putin’s help [w] Iran deal,” he tweeted.
“And then Obama was publicly thanking Putin less than a year later for that deal. It was no wonder Putin assumed the international costs of another invasion of Ukraine would be relatively low,” he concluded.
Obama is used to being shielded by the mainstream media and saying whatever he likes, no matter how untrue. However, he can’t hide from Twitter.