Unlike past former presidents, Barack Obama is showing no signs of completely giving up public life.
Since leaving office, Obama has commented on major events or controversies, including the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, and Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. He did so again on Friday, after the deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain.
In a staggering, impromptu news conference in Hawaii, the former President blamed the violence in Spain this week on both sides of the conflict. Saying the white tourist crowd was just as responsible for the attack as it’s ISIS perpetrators.
“What about the white tourists that came in a threating way, as you say, the ‘innocent bystanders,’ do they have any semblance of guilt as well?” Obama asked. “What about the fact they came dancing around in the public square, swinging maracas, are they part of the problem? I think behaviors like that makes Muslims feel uncomfortable.”
Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected to a terror attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured.
The radical Islamic terror cell ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.