A Closer Look: Seth Meyers reacts to Obama’s jab at Trump’s failures

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) /

In A Closer Look, Seth Meyers examined former President Barack Obama’s comment on President Donald Trump’s leadership.

President Donald Trump is nearing the end of his first term in office with hopes of adding on another four years. Despite that, he still seems heavily focused on his predecessor President Barack Obama. It is just another attempt by President Trump to distract from his own failures argued Seth Meyers in “A Closer Look.”

President Trump’s issues with President Obama date back long before the former reality television star ran for office. Donald Trump questioned President Obama’s nationality and competence again and again.

The latest example came in the form of “Obamagate,” a conspiracy that President Trump can’t explain but promotes nevertheless. It has led to President Trump and his GOP allies calling for investigations into the Obama administration over the origins of Russia inquiry.

With his former vice president Joe Biden gearing up for the election, Barack Obama has been inching closer to the public spotlight. He delivered a remote commencement speech for college and high school graduates and in the process took a shot at the Trump administration’s leadership during the pandemic.

Seth Meyers examined the ongoing back-and-forth between President Trump and President Obama in “A Closer Look.” Watch as the Late Night host once again warns against falling for White House distractions:

Seth Meyers starts by making his case for why President Trump has failed as a leader. The Late Night host cites the number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S., the death toll, the state of the economy, and the unemployment rate. Added all together, it doesn’t exactly suggest competent leadership is in place.

Meyers acknowledges that President Obama wasn’t without flaws. Still, Meyers found comfort in hearing from a politician with empathy and compassion in coherent sentences. It has been rare for Barack Obama to publicly criticize President Trump but the combination of the pandemic and upcoming election has clearly motivated him to say something.

Meyers, the media, and everyone else clearly understood that President Obama’s comments were aimed directly at President Trump. Meyers points this out as further proof for his argument on the current administration’s failures. No matter how many times “Obamagate” gets tweeted or repeated on television, it won’t take away from what is going on right now. That is the message Meyers wants to get across in this edition of “A Closer Look.”

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