Instead, the Divider in Chief told the protesters not to remain silent after he fielded a question about the protests.
"I suspect that there's not a president in our history that hasn't been subject to these protests," he said falsely--Dwight D. Eisenhower, for one, didn't receive the protests Obama mentioned. In fact, "Ike" was able to deport many illegal immigrants back to Mexico and seal the borders using significantly fewer Border Security agents than today.
In an interesting piece in The Federalist Papers Project you can see how much easier it was back in his time because he had the cooperation of the American people who saw illegal immigration as a problem.
But I digress. After making the false claim about presidents and protests Obama went on: "So, I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn't advise them to be silent. Voting matters, orgainizing matters and being informed on the issues matter."
When saying "informed on the issues" Obama was referring to being informed by the liberal media, not by conservative outlets who disagree. Heck, they don't even let conservatives [like Ben Shapiro, for example] speak on college campuses to discuss issues such as freedom of speech. Now if that isn't irony, then I don't know what is.
Since Obama gave permission to protest, both peaceful and violent protests have broken out in some cities. In Portland, OR, a demonstration last Thursday escalated into a destructive leftist riot, and unlike the Tea Party, they didn't pick up after themselves.
Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called out many times for Obama to speak out on the situation. "I am calling for responsibility and decency," she said. "I hope President Obama says, 'Cut it out.'"
But that isn't how Obama rolls--his socialist ideology and narcissitic ego appears to be enjoying the tumult and dissent.
"Whenever you have got an incoming president of the other side, particularly after a bitter election like this, it takes a while for people to reconcile themselves with that new reality. Hopefully, it's a reminder that elections matter and voting counts," Obama told reporters in that tone of intellectual superiority and pedantic balderdash that is his signature.
When asked about Obama's reaction to those carrying "He's Not My President" signs, White House Press Secretary Josh Notso Earnest said the freedom to protest should be "exercised without violence" but add that "it's not surprising that people are disappointed in the outcome, but it's important for us to remember, a day or two after the election, that we're Democrats and Republicans, but we're Americans and patriots first."
Yadda yadda yadda.
Going back to his pedantic balderdash intellectual superiority approach, Obama (a reality TV star whose policies lost the election to another reality TV star) spewed cautions optimism that Trump would be an ally to Europe but he couldn't help give advice as he said the Trump needs to avoid simply taking "a realpolitik approach" with Putin (thus put the practical aside and stick to morals and ideological considerations, as he had done as a socialist Alinskyite).
Obama also said Trump shouldn't "cut deals when convenient," and urged him to stand up to Putin because "somebody has to--I was too scared," he said in a rare moment of honesty. "That little crapweasel scared the heck out of me," he added.
|How Obama wears his lapel pin|
Obama also argued that social media can erode a democracy, except when it's coming from the Democrats, who understand it better than Republicans. "If we are not serious about facts and what is true and what is not [such as anything Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, have ever said, especially under sworn testimony], particularly in an age of social media when people are getting their information in soundbites and snippets . . . if we cannot discriminate between serious arguments [like the one I am not making] and propaganda, then we have problems."
And if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor . . . period!