Obama implores Californians to vote and 'restore some sanity in our politics'

Minnie Murray
September 12, 2018

That Illinois speech was a break from tradition - one where former commanders-in-chief don't criticize their successors - but Obama argued that Trump's presidency represented a time when everyone needed to stand up.

According to a report on the reemergence of former President Barack Obama into the public square after giving a scathing speech attacking Donald Trump, White House insiders are anxious that Trump will now become obsessed with going after the former president.

"In fact, the best explanation of President Trump's victory are the "results" of the Obama Presidency!"

Launching an unprecedented attack on Trump and his policies, Obama said: "It did not start with Donald Trump".

"He is a symptom, not the cause". He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years.

Through his extraordinary speech, which was full of an unusual number of criticisms from a former president, Obama also layered in his quintessential hope and calls for unity.

Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in competitive races all across the country through October, appearing first in California on Saturday and OH next week.

"That's the story of America", he said.

"I am sorry to say this, but there is one thing your gonna have to live with, the only reason that we have an outsider businessman president is because of you, your lies, your policies, and your divisiveness", she said on her show Saturday night.

His step back into the political arena offered a preview of his message for the fall's midterms.


Obama has been playing an active role in the lead up to November's midterm elections.

The president responded to Obama's critical speech of his presidency during a fundraising speech in Fargo, North Dakota.

"The point Washington made", Obama said, speaking from a stage in rural IL, "is that it's essential to American democracy that in a government of and by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class". Four of those districts are at least partly in Orange County, a formerly reliable GOP bastion that went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Then president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with then president-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. But it is widely accepted - and has been reinforced by primary turnout across the country - that Democrats have been revved up since the day after Trump's inauguration. "I found he's very good.for sleeping".

"You happen to be coming of age" amid backlash to progress, Obama told the students at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.

"I wish he would come more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery", said Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel, who lives in Orange County.

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he said.

The former president will be campaigning for Democrats over the next two months, until the general election, according to the Times. "Suddenly deficits do not matter", Obama said.

Among the congressional contests, one of the closest appears to be the one between Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic challenger Harley Rouda.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Friday that Obama's campaign events will help Republicans.

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