Former President Barack Obama for more than three years maintained an understanding that former presidents do not criticize their successors, as he remained silent even when President Trump’s demand in early 2017 that he be prosecuted for being “the most corrupt President in US history.”
But as the 2020 presidential campaign gradually comes to an end, Obama is actively campaigning for Joe Biden who served alongside him as vice president, and his presence attracts young Americans, Black men, and Latinos, whose lack of enthusiasm concerns Democrats.
Obama seems to be having fun campaigning now than when he campaigned for himself in 2008 and 2012 as he has already appeared in Philadelphia, Miami, and Orlando, Fla with he and Biden scheduled to appear together on Saturday, bringing their bromance to the battleground state of Michigan for drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit.
Obama is obviously using the campaign opportunity to fire back at Trump for years of silence, he said, Trump “hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show that can give him the attention he craves. And he does crave attention!”
“Just this week he was fussin’ about the crowd size at the inauguration again, saying he was bigger,” Obama said, smiling and added, “Who is thinking about that right now? Nobody except him. But the rest of us have had to live with the consequences: More than 225,000 people in this country are dead, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed, half a million jobs are gone in Florida alone.”
Most of Obama’s speech borders on his televised address in late August to the Democratic National Convention, from Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, which theme is the same, that ‘he’s been in the Oval Office with both men, Biden and Trump, and they are very different people.’
Obama solicits for the votes of the diverse crowd filled with the young voters and people of color. The crowd has voted for him twice, but it’s currently unsure whether they will accept his appeal to vote for Biden considering that he made similar efforts for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and failed.
Obama said at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, “The fact that we don’t get 100% of what we want right away is not a good reason not to vote. It means we’ve got to vote and then get some change, and then vote some more and then get some more change and then keep on voting until we get it right.”
Although Obama is out to campaign for Biden, he’s also seeking to correct President Trump’s claim that “Obama and Biden left behind a mess.”
“He wants full credit for an economy that he inherited. He wants zero blame for the pandemic he ignored. I just want to remind you, America created 1.5 million more jobs in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration than in the first three years of the Trump-Pence administration. That’s a fact. Look it up.” Obama said in Orlando.