Evidence that Obama knew about Russia tampering with the U.S. election while doing nothing will cast a long shadow over his presidency, infers Walter Shapiro of the Guardian. A true democracy relies on transparency and openness, yet Obama seemed to feel that the truth was better off hidden from the American people. His decision shaped the result of the election, making Donald Trump president. This reflects Obama’s foreign policy of non-intervention, which also proved itself to be counterproductive in Syria. Like many past U.S. presidents, his real shortcomings are surfacing only after he has left office.
Obama stayed silent on Russian interference with the U.S. election because he understood that while provocative, it had a very limited effect on the election’s result, claims Jonathan S. Tobin. At the time, he thought the election was essentially won for the Democrats and that Russian hacking wouldn’t change that. It was Hillary Clinton’s own failures that resulted in her election loss. The backlash against Obama from the Left is motivated by a desire to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s rise to power. Obama had grasped that Russia’s meddling wasn’t going to affect the election meaningfully.