Former President Barack Obama is quite obviously no fan of his successor, former President Donald Trump, or his Make America Great Again movement.
Yet, in a recently resurfaced video of a 2019 speech, Obama was described as having “gone full MAGA” with remarks that were snidely critical of the ideological left’s embrace of “woke” activism, the Conservative Brief reported.
Making matters arguably even worse for Obama and his remaining leftist devotees was the fact that new Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who the left now suddenly despises, praised the remarks of the former president as “wise words” that everybody should consider.
Obama said what?
A Twitter user on Tuesday shared the short clip of former President Obama speaking at a 2019 Obama Foundation event and wrote, “My god. @BarackObama has gone full MAGA, just like @elonmusk!”
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In that video clip, Obama said, “You know, this idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly.”
“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws,” he continued. “People who you are fighting — they love their kids and, you know, share certain things with you.”
Obama proceeded to highlight the “danger” he sees, particularly on college campuses, in that “I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people — and this is accelerated by social media — there is this sense sometimes of, the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people. And that is enough.”
“Like, if I tweet or I hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or you used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because, ‘Man, did you see how woke I was? I called you out!'” he said.
“You know, that’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change,” Obama added. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far.”
Wokeness is a “mind virus” that must be “defeated”
In response to that tweeted video clip of the former president critiquing the left’s “woke” culture, Elon Musk replied, “Wise words from President Obama.”
Later that same day, Musk also tweeted, “The woke mind virus is either defeated or nothing else matters.”
To be sure, Obama is far from having “gone full MAGA,” but his words in that clip are indeed “wise” and accepted as common sense by most non-woke Americans.
The left’s “woke” activism, particularly its incessant focus on racial and social justice and perceptions of perpetual oppression and victimhood, should be flatly rejected and abandoned as grossly destructive and detrimental to American society and the hope for any semblance of unity among the nation’s different and varied demographic groups.