Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Obama's Speech That Broke Tradition, Criticized Trump 'Very Disappointing,' Pence Says

In a speech to students at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on Friday former President Barack Obama called President Donald Trump a “threat to our democracy.” Obama to step into midterms, campaign for Democrats | The Sacramento Bee
Lloyd Bates | 10 September, 2018, 18:54

NO one does the cool burn quite so deftly as Barack Obama.

The piece describes a "two-track presidency" in which aides and officials work around and against Trump's desires. Most recently he announced a first round of political endorsements.

Obama will be the 28th person to receive the Paul H. Thomas Award for Ethics in Government, which has also been given to the late Sen.

"The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump", he said. You need to vote because our whole democracy depends on it ... He said Friday that the elections are needed to be a check on Trump and what the Republican Party has become - filled with racial resentment and conspiracy theorists, Obama said.

He addressed the student body of the University of IL, stating that they happened to be coming of age at a time when the backlash against American progress was overwhelming, and that most of said backlash spawned from those with power and privilege who wanted to maintain their status through polarization and division.

Speaking at the University of IL where he accepted an award for ethics in government, Obama foreshadowed the themes he is expected to take to the campaign trail in the coming weeks while stumping for Democrats before the November midterm elections.

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats. His office is expected to announce additional travel in the next few weeks.

Trump aides were allegedly concerned about the effect Obama's speech would have on President Trump, with Politico reporting there are fears from the Trump camp that Obama would get inside the president's head ahead of midterm elections.

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At one point during the call, Trump put Conway on the phone, who admits that she "put in" Woodward's request but it was rejected. Woodward sought through multiple White House officials and others close to Trump to secure an interview with him, to no avail.

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Obama said the November midterm elections would give Americans "a chance to restore sanity in our politics" during his 20-minute speech to a crowd of around 900 Democratic faithful at the Anaheim Convention Center, while warning voters of the risks of keeping Republicans in power. Trump also bashed Obama for trying to take credit for the US' recent economic success, marked by record low unemployment and modest wage growth.

"This moment really is different". He railed against everything from his successor's failure to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville - "How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad?"

"The stakes are high in this election", Obama warned, referring to the congressional elections that will be seen as a referendum on the presidential administration of Donald Trump and Republican rule in Washington. He attempted to connect Trump's views with the members of the Republican Party as a whole, particularly on Russian Federation, and noted how far the GOP had seemed to stray from its roots.

In fact, as Rubio pointed out, Obama often made enemies out of those who disagreed with his policy initiatives.

In that respect, the former president is attempting during the Trump era what he could not do when he was in the White House.

During his speech Friday, Obama warned that there are "dire" consequences to staying on the political sidelines, adding that "powerful and privileged" people want to "keep us angry".

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up".

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