Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg crossed swords with Labour MP Jess Philips when the two appeared on Sky News yesterday in the Gogglebox inspired MPTV segment.
The pair were guests on Sophy Ridge’s show, when they disagreed over whether or not Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan, had been a good President while discussing footage from Donald Trump’s inauguration day.
When footage was shown of Barack Obama leaving the White House, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley sighed and said: “Oh Barack, we miss you.”
Mr Rees-Mogg clearly didn’t agree with the sentiment, replying: “No, we don’t. He was a very unsuccessful American President and his foreign policy was a catastrophe.”
Ignoring the Tory MP’s remark, Ms Phillips insisted: “I think he was really successful, really brilliant and gave me hope for a better world.”
This was clearly not a view held by the MP for North East Somerset who tore into Mr Obama’s leadership, saying the former president allowed America to lose its global leadership in the Middle East, allowing Russia to take over in terms of policy formation in Syria, adding : “He didn’t even manage to close Guantanamo Bay which he promised to do.”
He made a complete pig’s ear of Syria, and of the whole of Arab Spring.
Ms Phillips tried to defend Obama, insisting she would still prefer the former President to be in the White House, and attacked his successor, saying: “I wouldn’t let Trump look after my children, let alone my country. I wouldn’t let him near any of my family.”
Reminding Ms Phillips that Trump had a democratic mandate and the result of elections should be respected, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “The American people voted for Mr Trump and he has got a democratic mandate and I respect democratic mandates.”