Former President Obama got in a dig at the Trump administration at a Rice University gala on Tuesday without even mentioning the president's name. Obama's 50-minute interview with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III—the namesake of the nonpartisan Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was honored for its 25th anniversary—"carried an anti-Trump tone" despite almost no mention of the man, per the Houston Chronicle. Obama broached the subject toward the end of the conversation moderated by presidential historian Jon Meacham, however, after Baker said he was most proud not to have been indicted while serving under three presidents. "Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted," Obama told the crowd of more than 1,000 invited guests, per the Chronicle and KPRC.
"It was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about … probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons," Obama continued. Again without naming him, the 44th president also referenced Trump's ideology—"a nationalism that's not pride in country but hatred for somebody on the other side of the border," per the Guardian—though the conversation mostly centered on political partisanship and the media. "What you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader," Obama said. "It means the bases of each party have become more ideological." "The responsible center in American politics has disappeared," Baker agreed. (Obama was lately spotted bagging potatoes at a Chicago food bank.)