Following the death of “America’s Pastor” Billy Graham, Barack Obama tweeted: saying he was “a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans.
Billy Graham was a humble servant who prayed for so many – and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2018
While Obama praised Graham in a tweet, he couldn’t be bothered to take the time away from his community organizing to attend Billy Graham’s funeral. Besides former President Jimmy Carter and President HW Bush, who are both 93-years old, and in poor health, Barack Obama was the only former president who was a no-show at Graham’s funeral.
The Daily Caller reports that earlier this week, a spokesperson for Barack Obama notified the press that the former president would not be attending any of the memorial services for legendary evangelical minister Billy Graham.
There was no specific reason given for Obama’s absence.
President Donald Trump attended a memorial for Graham when his body lay in honor at the U.S. Capitol. Trump spoke at the event, and he is attending Graham’s funeral Friday afternoon. Former President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both traveled to North Carolina to pay their respects to the Graham family last week.
President Obama made one surprise public appearance this week. The former president attended a community meeting of southside neighborhood residents in Chicago to assure them that the Obama Presidential Library would not impede or “gentrify” their neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.
While Billy Graham’s life was being celebrated in Barack Obama’s hometown of Washington DC, Barack Obama was too busy to be bothered with his funeral, as he was busy community organizing and trying to sell the construction of his very unpopular library to Chicago residents.
“A lot of times, people get nervous about gentrification, and understandably so,” Obama said, according to the Tribune. “It is not my experience … that the big problem on the South Side has been too much development, too much economic activity. We have such a long way to go before you will start seeing the prospect of gentrification.”
After the meeting Obama tweeted about how he spent his time acting as a community organizer, begging Chicago residents to allow him to build his over-the-top library on prime Chicago waterfront property:
I got my start holding community meetings in Chicago, so it was fun to be home for one tonight. Michelle and I want the world to come together on the South Side at a place built with local ideas, values, and hopes. That’s the @ObamaFoundation and Presidential Center. https://t.co/ccwkqAY7P5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 28, 2018
Is it the $100 million in taxpayer dollars that will be needed for infrastructure improvements, to build an Obama library on arguably one of the most prime pieces of real estate in Chicago, that residents object to? Or could it be that Chicago residents aren’t interested in erecting a monument to President who leaves office, as his “home state” of Illinois is about to become the first state in history to file for bankruptcy, and a city he temporarily called “home” that’s been dubbed “The most dangerous city in America”?
Perhaps Barry could put on his community organizer pants and hustle up some interest for a library in the state of Hawaii, where he actually grew up, instead of a city he used to further his political career…