Time to restore sanity in U.S. politics: Barack Obama

10 September, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Former president Barack Obama

"The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump". "He is just capitalising on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years".

Mr Trump, asked about that speech during a trip to North Dakota, quipped that he had watched it but had fallen asleep.

Pirro said that Trump's election was Obama's fault.

"After [a Kool & the Gang] concert, because we were teenagers, you could still kind of hang out in the park, and so we went into the gondolas, and I'm ashamed to say this - so close your ears, young people - but a few of us were smoking on the gondolas", Obama said of his time at Occidental, before he transferred to Columbia University for his junior year.

"I'm here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us, as citizens of the United States, need to determine just who it is that we are, just what it is that we stand for", Obama said on Friday, kicking off his campaign schedule for the mid-term elections in November.

Rouda, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, said earlier that he was "very excited to have him (Obama) come to Orange County and support all these campaigns and help us flip Congress from red to blue".

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. "What happened to the Republican Party?"

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.


"Don't tell me your vote doesn't matter", he said in IL. But many Republicans saw the former president's re-entry on the campaign trail as a net positive for them.

Obama urged the Democrats at his first rally of 2018 to get out and vote in November, telling them that the dismay they feel about Washington right now means nothing is they don't follow through by voicing their displeasure at the ballot box.

More problematically, Obama's attack on Trump really wasn't directed at the occupant of the Oval Office - it was yet another "tolerant" liberal broadside at those who put him there (even those of us who aren't entirely pleased with Trump's conduct in office).

"You desperately tried to defeat Trump and it didn't work", she said.

The speech was a preview of the argument that Obama is likely to make throughout the fall. "I found he's very good - very good for sleeping", he said. After a particularly brutal loss in the 2010 midterms - 63 House seats and six Senate seats - Obama said the party had received a "shellacking".

Republicans say they aren't anxious.

Obama is expected to deliver the same message in Cleveland on Thursday where he will campaign for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats.

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