Barack Obama Says Stop Binge-Watching TV and Vote in Illinois Speech

Barack Obama Says Stop Binge-Watching TV and Vote in Illinois Speech

Barack Obama Says Stop Binge-Watching TV and Vote in Illinois Speech

The former USA president didn't mention President Trump by name in South Africa, but he most certainly did during a September 7 speech at the University of Illinois-asserting that Trump has been "capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past".

Mr Obama acknowledged his sharp critique of Trump was something of a departure from tradition, noting the history of former presidents avoiding the rough and tumble of politics.

In a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Mr Obama said Americans were living in "dangerous times", urging Democrats to vote in November midterm elections to restore "honesty and decency and lawfulness" to government.

In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Mr Obama said Americans were living in risky times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cosying up to Russian Federation. "He is a symptom, not a cause", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

Obama was referring to Trump's failure to quickly and directly condemn neo-Nazis who marched a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump has boasted that lower unemployment and an expanding economy has all happened on his watch.

"We thought it was important to find a setting where President Obama can make a cogent argument outside of the candidate-specific stump speeches coming this fall", Schultz said in an email.

Obama says "What happened to the Republican Party?".

"So if you don't like what's going on right now, and you shouldn't, do not complain", Obama said in that familiar Obama voice and cadence.

"In 2016, voters rejected President Obama's policies and his dismissiveness towards half the country".

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The speech was one of Obama's first major public appearances of 2018, and comes ahead of several planned campaign events for the upcoming midterm elections.

The Republican Party's refusal to compromise with Obama on health care, climate, deficit reduction, and so on was not because Obama treated them too arrogantly or refused to address the deficit seriously.

Former DNC official Jehmu Greene said many people around the world were eagerly awaiting Obama's re-entry into the political fray.

He said Americans and politicians of both parties should stand up against discrimination and "stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

"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 we are, what it is that we stand for", Obama said. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement.

He also criticised the op-ed that took appeared in the New York Times this week, that claimed that there were people in the White House intentionally not following Trump's orders.

Historically, midterms are lightly attended and Obama made a point of reminding his audience that only one in five young people voted in the 2014 midterm election.

"You didn't go out to vote".

Separately, Trump also told reporters on Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate the Times column, calling it a "disgrace".

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