Former President Barack Obama visited The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign yesterday and spoke for 64 grueling minutes and referred to himself 102 times. That’s impressively narcissistic even for him.
The Democrats have no one charismatic enough to fire up their base except for Barack Obama. So, he hit the campaign trail with a fiery speech taking credit for all the good things Trump has done and falsely attacking the sitting president repeatedly. He said that Trump and the GOP were fueling “division and resentment.”
How did President Trump respond to this vicious onslaught? With a yawn. Lol. That’s all it deserved.
Trump revealed what he was during Obama’s speech and it’s simply pure gold. “I’m sorry, I watched but I fell asleep,” Trump teased, speaking at a political rally minutes later for GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer in Fargo, North Dakota. “I found he’s very good for sleeping.”
I can relate. I bet that line really ticked Obama off. Good times. At a rally later in the day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Kristi Noem, Trump told supporters: “President Obama made a speech, now if that doesn’t get you out to vote for the midterms, nothing will.”
From Fox News:
“The back-and-forth between the sitting and former presidents sets the stage for a battle of the mega-surrogates heading into the November midterms. Trump has promised to ramp up his campaign appearances for GOP candidates and, with Obama flexing his political muscle once again, he will have a worthy competitor.
“Obama’s campaign season debut launches his midterm effort to rally Democrats to the polls and end Republicans’ grip on power in Congress. The former president warned Friday that the stakes are high and the consequences of staying on the sidelines “dire.”
“Delivering some of his toughest broadsides against the GOP since leaving office – and referring to Trump by name, something he used to avoid – Obama said there are certain “powerful and privileged” people who want to “keep us angry.”
“It did not start with Donald Trump,” Obama said. “He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.”
“But speaking in Fargo, Trump dismissed Obama’s speech and mocked his claim that Trump was taking credit for a booming economy that started during the prior administration.
“I think he was trying to take credit for this incredible thing happening to our country,” he said. “I have to say to President Obama, it wasn’t him, and if the Democrats got in with their agenda … instead of having 4.2 [percent GDP growth] up, you have 4.2 down, you’d be in negative numbers.”
“He said that Obama had overseen the “weakest recovery in the history of our country.”
“This is called not a recovery, but a rocket ship,” he said in reference to the economy under his watch, as he touted his achievements. He also warned voters that Democrats “would destroy Medicare and destroy Social Security,” two things he said that Republicans would protect.
“Isn’t this more exciting than listening to President Obama?” he later asked his crowd.”
Obama also questioned Trump’s commitment to Republican conservatism, stating, “I don’t mean to pretend I’m channeling Abraham Lincoln now, but that’s not what he had in mind, I think when he helped form the Republican Party. It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical. It’s a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even when it hurts the country.”
The Democrats must be running scared if they are relaunching Obama like this. He didn’t stop Trump before, he won’t stop him now either. On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.
I would really like to know since when does Obama have any standing whatsoever to lecture Republicans on conservatism? But that’s what he is doing here.
“What happened to the Republican Party?” Obama said. “Its central organizing principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism, and now they’re cozying up to the former head of the KBG.” I think he has Trump confused with himself. Obama also took cheap shots over the anonymous New York Times op-ed.
Obama was at the University of Illinois to receive the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, an honor also bestowed upon civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the late Sen. John McCain. I know… I’m still chuckling over the irony.
“I’m here to deliver a simple message, and that is: you need to vote because our democracy depends on it,” Obama said. I agree with Obama finally… at least mostly. Get out and vote, our Republic depends on it.