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Obama attributes the world's problems to 'old people not getting out of the way,' warning politicians that they are not in office to 'prop up' their 'self importance'

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Obama attributes the world's problems to 'old people not getting out of the way,' warning politicians that they are not in office to 'prop up' their 'self importance'

 
Dec 16, 2019, 1:56 PM
 
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Former US President Barack Obama has used his post-presidency to support younger leaders like Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.  Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
  • Former United States President Barack Obama attributed many of the world's problems to "old people ... not getting out of the way" at a recent leadership event in Singapore, the BBC Asia reported
  • "If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way," Obama said at the Singapore event. 
  • Obama added: "It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self-importance."
  • Since leaving the White House in 2017, the Obamas have taken a step back from directly participating in politics themselves and focused on fostering new leaders through the Obama Foundation.
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Former United States President Barack Obama attributed many of the world's problems to "old people ... not getting out of the way" at a recent leadership event in Singapore, the BBC Asia reported

 

When asked if he would consider stepping back into public life or politics, Obama emphasized that he believes in passing the torch to a younger generation of leaders. 

"If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way," Obama said at the Singapore event. 

"It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self-importance or your own power," he added.

Since leaving the White House in 2017, the Obamas have taken a step back from directly participating in politics themselves and focused on fostering new leaders, as a recent in-depth report in Politico on Obama's post-presidency documented. 

 

Currently, three of the leading frontrunners for the 2020 Democratic primary nomination are in their 70s. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is currently 70 years old, Obama's former Vice President Joe Biden is 77, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is 78.  

Politico reported that Obama, who will likely not endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary, is looking at the current field with cautious optimism and some trepidation. 

While Biden's campaign team is stacked with many former Obama officials, Obama himself is avoiding "putting his thumb on the scale," even when it comes to former officials in his own administration.

Politico reported that Obama naturally has a more "familial" relationship with Biden, but the former president has told people around him that he would not automatically endorse Biden and that the former vice president would have to "earn it." 

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Elbert Lee Guillory
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Former US President Obama just made a speech in Singapore. He made two points:

1. Women are better than men and the world would be better off if women managed the worlds governments. On this I have no comments. His comments speak for themselves.

2. “Old men are the problem” with much, and they need to stand aside. On this, I will comment. It is so unfortunate that this boy grew up without the guidance of a father, uncles and grandfather. Clearly he never received the benefit of the millions of people who have benefited from the wisdom and guidance of the “wise elders.”

This poor, sorry, misguided, deprived minstrel show, demeans the thousands of years of MANY societies, ALL of which have venerated and respected the “wise elders.”

This poor, sad, unanchored boy flaps his lips with no understanding of society outside of his limited and deprived experience! Sad!!

 
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50 minutes ago, stonewall67 said:

 Is he for Tulsi????

 

I think this is the Dems only hope for 2020 ........along the lines of Bill Who? in 1992

 

 

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Typical Barry, sending more Divisive shade.   I don’t know when old kicks in but for his sorry butt it kicked in with that horrible statement.  Barry your old, go away.  

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6 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

When somebody says, "here, hold my beer", it's usually a man....and it's usually a woman filming the impending fail.  As always, just my opinion.

 

Except for the sexist beer commercial where Charlize Theron is Queen and beats up on old drunk men.  😂 😆 😝 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Pitcher said:

Typical Barry, sending more Divisive shade.   I don’t know when old kicks in but for his sorry butt it kicked in with that horrible statement.  Barry your old, go away.  

 

So Will Barry ever feel the wrath for orchestrating the Coup? The American people have a right to know!!:butt-kicking:

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14 hours ago, Pitcher said:

 

Except for the sexist beer commercial where Charlize Theron is Queen and beats up on old drunk men.  😂 😆 😝 

 

 

 

Oh to be beat up by Charlize Theron.  :drunk: :wub:  :eyebrows: 

 

GO RV, then BV

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3 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Oh to be beat up by Charlize Theron.  :drunk: :wub:  :eyebrows: 

 

GO RV, then BV

 

Which is still a pleasure as she is a real beauty ( if I recall well)

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4 minutes ago, umbertino said:

 

Which is still a pleasure as she is a real beauty ( if I recall well)

 

Yes, yes she is.  :) I'm looking forward to seeing the new movie "Bombshell", where she plays Megan Kelley.  Looks good.

 

GO RV, then BV

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