Barack Hussein Obama landed in New Zealand on Wednesday and it immediately became clear that he intends to act like he is still president while he is there.
Daily Mail reported that Obama is planning to have a closed door meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as well as other leaders of the nation. Obama’s visit to New Zealand was organized in part by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who said he had a strong relationship with Obama when they were both in office.
Obama headed to New Zealand after visiting Singapore, where he met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He will next head to Australia over the weekend for a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull before heading to Japan, where it’s been rumored he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Frankly, it’s unbelievable that Obama is traveling the globe meeting with world leaders as if he is still president of the United States. He has also banned the press from listening in on any of these meetings, so there’s no telling what he is actually speaking to the leaders about.
A representative for Obama said that members of his team can do nothing more but “confirm they are invited to an event with the former President if they want to, but they should decline interviews until after the event by referring any press enquiries to the Obama Foundation.”
Unfortunately for Obama, however, pretending that he is still president won’t stop President Donald Trump from completely dismantling his legacy. The Hill reported that Donald Trump’s White House announced over the weekend that its new “hardening schools” proposal that DeVos will lead the new Federal Commission for School Safety and will consider whether to replace Obama’s “Rethink School Discipline” guidelines. The guidances, which discouraged students from reporting misbehaved students to law enforcement, have been heavily criticized since last month’s school shooting in Parkland.