The former US president Barack Obama said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.
“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.
But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.
While most Americans are gathering with family and community this weekend to celebrate the most exceptional country in the history of the world, Mr. Hope and Change is halfway around the world talking doom and gloom — and criticizing his successor.
Facebook and Twitter accounts of Barack Obama were free of the clutter of any Independence Day good wishes for his former voters.
The former president spent his day overseas at a conference in Seoul, South Korea — but back home, his social media accounts displayed not a hint of the holiday his countrymen were celebrating this July Fourth.
There was no mention of Independence Day on Obama’s official Twitter account.
Obama’s last tweet came on June 22, where he was last seen trying to whip up his Democrat followers to oppose any changes to his signature healthcare law. Four days before that June 18, the Obama was thrilled to join the nation in celebrating Father’s Day. But again, there was not a hint of any good wishes for his countrymen celebrating Independence Day on Twitter.
Like his Twitter page, on his Facebook page was also a political plea to supporters to resist Republican changes to Obamacare. Former President Barack Obama had far more important things to do on July Fourth in South Korea this year–like attacking the current president.
The meeting came after Obama spoke at the Asian Leadership Conference and the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta. There he attacked Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord.
“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership can still give our children a fighting chance,” Obama said in Indonesia.
President Trump and Obama have had a strained relationship. Trump has accused Obama of both spying on him and obstruction of justice.