Wednesday , September 28 2022

Obama talks about his "no charges" administration at a Houston Celebration for James Baker


Former US President Barack Obama went to a Conservative High Court on Tuesday, sat with famous republicans, then took subtle jabs on the sitting president.

Just hours after the meeting with former President George H.W. Bush, Obama, joined former Secretary of State James A. Baker III for a milestone celebration to honor Baker's name.

During a 25th anniversary celebration of the non-partisan Baker Institute for Public Policy thought in Houston, Obama reflected in a prosecution-free eight year in the White House.

Elegantly dressed in a black tuxedo and in place for an hour's Q & A session before a gala of more than 1,000 participants, Obama promised its administration from 2009-2017 as quite clean compared to other administrations.

"Not only did I not be charged, nobody in my administration was accused," Obama said. "By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that can be said. In fact, nobody came close to being accused, probably because the people who went with us were there for the right reasons."

Houston Chronicle reported that Jon Meacham, presidential historian who moderated the session, asked Baker for his pride while serving under various administrations.

Speaking for the moment, Baker said he was proud of never having been charged.

Baker, 88, is a Houston native who served in the US Marine Corps and worked for President Richard Nixon. Baker worked as Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff and was State Secretary under Bush 41, Reagan's successor. He served as Chief Legal Adviser for George W. Bush during his run to the White House 2000.

Obama's allegations on Tuesday night derive from recent developments in the Trump administration. Several advisors and other members of the administration have been accused of being part of Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's alleged manipulation with the 2016 presidential election.

The latest among them is the former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison to lie under a survey of Russian cooperation during the Trumps 2016 election campaign.

In August, Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chair, was required to file false returns without revealing his offshore bank accounts and bank fraud.

Former security advisor Michael Flynn allegedly owed in December 2017 to relieve his contacts with Russia.

Regarding the very madness, Baker was asked a question about the current foreign policy, and he reflected on his time in the White House, which is working to end the decades long cold war.

"US leadership in the world is absolutely essential. No other country can do that," said Baker, "because we had alliances."

Obama's visit to Houston comes a few weeks after Trump held a rally on an unnecessary Toyota Center to support Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz eventually struck the democratic opponent Beto Rourke in a close half-time election.

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