As Barack Obama lit into President Trump and his voters Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois, much was made of how unprecedented it was for a predecessor to level such public criticisms of an immediate successor.
Two reactions came to mind. First, that tradition may be dead. If there are two presidents fond of touting their accomplishments in stark comparison to the competing party, they are Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Second, I didn’t really mind. The Trump era has ushered in a period of unfettered directness that may carry more pluses than minuses.
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