Just Like Trump, Obama Was Predicted to Do Terrible Things

Barack Obama entered the office of the presidency on a wave of hope and dreams of a "post-racial" America.

But he also entered amid dire predictions he'd be ushering in an era of gun confiscation, Muslim control of the U.S., and even a "radical overthrow of the government."

With Obama's time in office ending, his successor comes into the White House facing similar predictions of doom and gloom. Among the events forecast for Trump's presidency are World War 3, millions of people losing health insurance, a rash of terrorist attacks, and total economic collapse.

In light of the dire predictions about Trump's presidency (many he's directly responsible for, mind you), here's a look back at those who wrongly foresaw doom, chaos, and hardship descending on the U.S. during Obama's eight years — many of them supporters of his successor.

Though he was an advisor to Bill Clinton, pollster Dick Morris switched sides to become a prominent conservative pundit. In the midst of a long run of wrong predictions, Morris went on Sean Hannity's show in March 2012 and peered into his crystal ball to foresee Obama's second term.

"He will eliminate the private health insurance industry and all insurance will be from the government and it will all be according to one plan," Morris prophesized. Beyond that, he claimed Obama's "big focus will be to make the United States a vassal state to a globalist entity" and that the "G-20 and the IMF will acquire sovereignty over our economy." 

Whatever that "globalist entity" was, it failed to acquire that sovereignty.

Another failure was the mass gun confiscation predicted by the NRA for eight years.

NRA head Wayne LaPierre repeatedly claimed Obama would "erase" and "destroy" the Second Amendment, and that the lack of gun grabbing in his first term was only to "ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep.” But even the NRA had to to admit, eventually, that Obama didn't take anyone's guns — but only, the lobbying group's magazine declared, because "he didn't have the opportunity" to do so.

It's a good thing Obama didn't take away anyone's guns, because we would've needed them to fight the private army of paramilitary thugs Obama was regularly about to unleash on the sheeple of America, according to paranoid lore.

From the Department of Homeland Security purchasing billions of bullets to Obamacare creating a 6,000 man private army, far-right pundits brimmed with predictions of Obama setting loose his minions.

Leading the charge was national radio host Michael Savage, who predicted an unholy coalition of Syrian refugees, Black Lives Matter demonstrators, and members of the Crips and the Bloods — all funded by the Obama administration — gearing up for a race war.

Speaking of radio hosts, a few months before the 2012 election, Rush Limbaugh unleashed a doozy of a prediction about Obama's second term: that the U.S. was "doomed."

"If Obama’s re-elected, it will happen. There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut-wrenching, but it will happen. The country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is re-elected," Limbaugh bloviated, declaring that California would collapse first due to its budget problems at the time.

Five years later, California is running a budget surplus, and Limbaugh just signed a new contract rumored to be for a much lower salary.

Meanwhile, before joining the Trump campaign in a nebulous hype-man role, Newt Gingrich briefly ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, declaring in February of that year that "Newt Gingrich is your guy" to get gas prices down to $2.50 per gallon. If Obama won a second term, Gingrich said, he'd intentionally raise the prise to $10 per gallon.

Gingrich suspended his campaign two months later, while Obama leaves office with gasoline at $2.34 per gallon.

Rather than concede a mistaken prophesy, these Trump-supporting pundits have instead claimed their prophesies came true, at least in the abstract — the last eight years, after all, is why we must "make America great again." The irony is that doom and gloom prediction regarding a Trump presidency are based not on fake news and racism, but the things the next president tweets. Hope now lies in the fact that, like the pundits who claimed his predecessor would destroy our way of life, not even his supporters believe he'll do everything he says.