Obama slammed for ‘selfish’ ‘revisionist’ comments on Russia during conference on disinformation

Former President Obama was slammed on Twitter Thursday for presenting what some called “revisionist history” about his record with Russia.

The former president attended the “Disinformation and Erosion of Democracy” conference at the University of Chicago, where he told the audience and The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg that he was encouraged by the global response to support Ukraine help after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the country in February. He also noted that he recalled having to “tug” US allies as president in order to act against Russia.

“I would like to say that as someone who dealt with the invasion of Crimea and the eastern parts of Ukraine, I was heartened by the European response. Because many times in 2014 I had to drag them with kicks and screams to respond in a way we would have liked, by those of us who call ourselves Western democracies,” the former president said.

However, Obama’s portrayal of how harsh his presidency was on Russia didn’t ring true to many people on Twitter, who criticized and ridiculed the president for his reminder of the issue.

Terrorism expert and professor of international security at Northeastern University Max Abrahms has branded Obama’s response a “self-serving revisionist story.”

“Consider Obama’s self-serving revisionist story of how his administration responded to Russia’s most recent invasion of Ukraine in 2014,” Abrahms wrote.

Mark Hemingway, senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, mocked Obama, tweeting, “‘grappled’ = did nothing after years of mocking anyone who thought Russia was a threat and still refusing to arm Ukraine.”

Several users recalled Obama’s infamous moment of the presidential debate in 2012, when he mocked Republican candidate Mitt Romney for calling Russia our number one geopolitical enemy. Obama said at the time that “the 1980s” called and they “want their foreign policy back.”

Stephen Miller, Associate Editor of The Spectator, divided a picture of Romney, laughing.

“Anybody know if @JeffreyGoldberg asked Obama about his ‘dubbed the 80s’ hit on Romney? Would be a good question at a conference on disinformation,” said Free Beacon reporter Chuck Ross.

Barack Obama meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016.
Barack Obama meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016.

In one thread, popular conservative Twitter account AGHamilton29 said he recalled “this went a little differently”.

“Um, I definitely remember it going a little bit differently. I remember that after Russian separatists shot down a civilian plane and Russia invaded a sovereign country, we just issued weak and targeted sanctions. All because Obama wanted Putin’s help [w] Iran deal,” he tweeted.

“And then, less than a year later, Obama publicly thanked Putin for that deal. It was no wonder that Putin assumed that the international cost of another invasion of Ukraine would be relatively low,” he added.

At the same event, Obama also told that Putin has always been “reckless” but “five years ago” he would not have predicted that Putin would invade Ukraine.

“I don’t think he’d bet the farm like that – I wouldn’t have predicted that five years ago,” he said.

Paul Niland, a businessman who has lived in Ukraine for 20 years, noted that Russia invaded Ukraine 8 years ago when he was President.

Conservative author and columnist Derek Hunter highlighted how Obama was caught in front of a hot microphone in 2012 when he told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “I’ll be more flexible after the election.” Medvedev responded by telling Obama he would pass his message on to Putin.

Even former Obama White House officials agree that his administration has been soft on Russia.

Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted on CNN this week that his 2014 presidency should have been tougher when Russia invaded and annexed Crimea.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/obama-blasted-for-self-serving-revisionist-russia-comments-during-conference-on-disinformation/ Obama slammed for ‘selfish’ ‘revisionist’ comments on Russia during conference on disinformation


USTimeToday is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@ustimetoday.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button