Look at the staff who comprise Joe Biden’s presidential administration. Study the policies emanating from the Biden White House. Observe Joe Biden in public. It should be evident to any objective observer that the forty-sixth president is not running things in Washington today.
He’s just the figurehead for a much larger operation whose presence is felt everywhere but rarely seen.
The real question is who is pulling Biden’s malleable strings? Is it Communist China? Desperate Ukraine? His wife, Jill Biden?
The most likely person serving as Biden’s brain (a dubious distinction, to be sure) is none other than Biden’s former boss, the forty-fourth president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Obama’s Influence is Far and Wide in Biden’s White House
The Biden administration is staffed by Brack Obama retreads. It’s been reported that President Biden routinely speaks with his old boss. Their conversations are sweeping. Not just relegated to brief exchanges of pleasantries. Instead, the conversations are deep and over matters of policy.
Some in the press have ruefully remarked that Joe Biden’s first term as president is nothing more than Obama’s unofficial third term. There are few policies that Mr. Biden has implemented that have not come directly from the Obama playbook.
The turgid economy. America’s flailing about on the world stage. The massive societal upheavals primarily related to race and gender issues. A community organizer’s fingerprints are all over this current presidency as much as they were Obama’s.
If one wanted to have a clear understanding of the forces behind Biden’s shambolic presidency, one must look back to the start of Donald Trump’s presidency.
From the moment that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, the Obama political war machine went into full gear.
Why Barack Obama Went After Trump
Trump was a direct threat to Obama’s legacy. Any other Republican presidential nominee would have, on some level, preserved aspects of Obama’s legacy.
Not Trump. After all, he wasn’t a member of the establishment.
Obama understood that Trump was something totally different. With Hillary out of the picture, Obama moved quickly to protect his presidential legacy and pave the way for the restoration of the Democratic Party’s power (which had died, in part, because of his abysmal leadership).
The forty-fourth president picked up where Hillary Clinton had left off. First, he poison-pilled the Senior Executive Service by converting a large number of his political appointees into members of the civil service.
These individuals were in key positions throughout the bureaucracy to sap the incoming forty-fifth president’s ability to get anything done. They would swamp and mar Trump’s nascent presidency with controversy long enough to allow for the Democrats to regain their footing politically after their stunning 2016 defeat.
Taking the Christopher Steele memo claiming that Russian intelligence had compromising materials on Donald Trump (a document that the Clinton Campaign had paid for), the Obama cadre used this false document as the basis for their first wave of attacks against President Donald Trump.
As the pressure surrounding the Russia collusion accusations mounted, a bevy of smaller controversies, some created by Trump’s own actions, many brought about by those aforementioned poison pill hires, erupted to further undermine Trump.
In an unorthodox move, the Obamas opted to remain living in Washington, D.C., after their two terms in the White House had ended. Just a few blocks away from the White House was where the Obamas landed. In a posh neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C. named Kalorama.
Obama’s Shadow Government
Throughout the chaos of the Trump years, an assortment of Obama era government staff made regular treks up to the Obama mansion in northwest D.C.
This revolving door of Barack Obama era notables would spend time with former President Obama and then sojourn over to the Washington studios of one of the mainstream media networks to disseminate a devastating round of attacks upon then-President Trump—a further attempt to stymie Trump from effectively implementing his agenda.
It all came to a crescendo with the 2020 Presidential Election. Once the Democratic Party’s primary got underway, most had assumed that Obama’s former vice-president, Joe Biden, would be the nominee.
But his struggles in the early stages of the campaign left much to be desired. Obama himself had spoken about Kamala Harris, who was running against Biden for the nomination, in ways that made it sound as though he were favoring her.
Once Biden was the nominee, Obama played a behind-the-scenes role in orchestrating Biden’s deal with Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Joe Biden in the run-up to the South Carolina Primary in 2020. That was the deal which saw Clyburn, a widely respected icon of the Civil Rights movement, endorse Biden, thereby getting large numbers of African-Americans to vote overwhelmingly for Biden.
In exchange, Biden vowed to place a woman of color (Kamala Harris) on the ticket as his running-mate.
Obama’s Third Term
After Biden became president, Obama’s closest aides became Biden’s top picks for key government roles. Interestingly, Obama himself told late-night comedian in 2015, Stephen Colbert, that his ideal situation for being president would be to have all the power but from behind-the-scenes; to have a figurehead managing all the day-to-day trappings of the White House while he just focused on policy.
Well, that’s exactly what he’s getting with empty-headed Joe Biden operating as his stand-in, while Obama’s former staff members execute former President Obama’s wishes from within the White House. The Republicans—specifically, Trump—got played by Obama.
Now, we’re all having to live through his disastrous third term.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.
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