Former US President Barack Obama entered a conservative fortress on Tuesday, sat down with famous Republicans and then took a few blows against the incumbent president.
Just hours after his meeting with former President George H. W. Bush, Obama joined former Secretary of State James A. Baker III to celebrate a milestone in the honor of his counterpart.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Baker Institute for Public Policy's non-partisan think-tank in Houston, Obama pondered eight years without an indictment at the White House.
Stylishly dressed in a black tuxedo and on-site for an hour-long question-and-answer session at a gala of more than 1,000 attendees, Obama said his administration from 2009 to 2017 was rather clean compared to other administrations.
"Not only have I not been charged, but no one from my government has been charged," Obama said. "By the way, it's the only government in modern history to be able to say the same thing.In fact, nobody was nearly charged, probably because the people who joined us were there for the good ones. reasons. "
The Houston Chronicle reported that Jon Meacham, the presidential historian who had led the session, had asked Baker what his moment of pride was when he was serving various administrations.
Playing at the moment, Baker said he was proud to have never been charged.
Baker, 88, is from Houston and served in the US Navy and worked for President Richard Nixon. Baker worked as Ronald Reagan's chief of staff and was Secretary of State under Bush 41, Reagan's successor. He was senior legal adviser to George W. Bush during his visit to the White House in 2000.
The comments of the Obama indictment on Tuesday night stemmed from recent developments within the Trump administration. Many advisers and other members of the administration have been indicted as part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 presidential election.
The most recent of them is former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, sentenced last Friday to 14 days in prison for lying during an investigation into Russian collusion during Trump's 2016 election campaign. .
In August, Paul Manafort, the former president of Trump's election campaign, was found guilty of making false tax returns, failing to disclose his offshore bank accounts and being fraudulent.
Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to having lied about his contacts with Russia.
Regarding the gala, a question about current foreign policy was asked to Baker. He recalled the time spent in the White House to end the cold war, which has lasted for several decades.
"US leadership in the world is absolutely imperative. No other country can do it, "Baker said. Because we had alliances. "
Obama's visit to Houston comes just weeks after Trump's rally in an overflowing Toyota Center to support Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz finally beat his Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke in a tight mid-term election.