In his forthcoming memoir, “A Promised Land,” Obama claims Trump’s presidency was the result of “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House.”
Recalling Obama’s historic election in 2008, Owens told host Sean Hannity that the 44th president ran his campaign on the American Dream and was driven by a “kinetic energy” that has since been seemingly pushed aside.
“It felt like we finally had arrived at a place in this country where we could put the past in the past,” she said. “Barack Obama became the president of the United States because White Americans supported him. And rather than show some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back … and says, ‘Look at this despicable country. It’s broken.’”
“He is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out … hating America,” she added.
By contrast, Owens said, President Trump has spent the last four years making efforts to strengthen the Black community, doubling his support among Black women and “garnered 18% of the Black male vote.”
“Do you think that [Democrats] could have the humility to pause for a second and say, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s not because every single person in America is a racist,’” she said. “People are standing behind Donald J. Trump because he is an effective and good leader who tells the truth and doesn’t … run on identity politics.”
“I’m not yet ready to abandon the possibility of America,” Obama says in his new book, “A Promised Land,” excerpted by The Atlantic. He added that he wrote the book “for young people — as an invitation to bring about, through hard work, determination, and a big dose of imagination, an America that finally aligns with all that is best in us.”
“What a ridiculous message,” Noem shot back on Twitter. “Obama had 8 years, including 2 with full control of Congress. He sent our jobs to China, left our healthcare system in disarray, our foreign policy in shambles & our people divided. Instead of blaming Trump, Obama should consider what led to 2016.”
In the passage, Obama ruminates on the end of his presidency and notes the challenges the country has faced in recent months, including the coronavirus pandemic, a steep recession and nationwide protests against racial injustice. He argues “our democracy seems to be teetering on the brink of crisis – a crisis rooted in a fundamental contest between two opposing visions of what America is and what it should be.”
The excerpt also includes Obama arguing the “jury’s still out” on whether Americans “can actually live up to the meaning of our creed.”
“And so the world watches America — the only great power in history made up of people from every corner of the planet, comprising every race and faith and cultural practice — to see if our experiment in democracy can work,” he said. “To see if we can do what no other nation has ever done. To see if we can actually live up to the meaning of our creed.”
“The jury’s still out. I’m encouraged by the record-setting number of Americans who turned out to vote in last week’s election, and have an abiding trust in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in their character and capacity to do what is right. But I also know that no single election will settle the matter. Our divisions run deep; our challenges are daunting.”