Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

Saul Bowman
September 11, 2018

Obama's speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, a region traditionally held by Republicans, was a stump for Democrats Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Katie Hill, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin. "In two months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics". "It reminds the Republicans why these midterms are important". "I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep".

"He is a re-energizer for progressives who care about what's at stake and a reminder for independents that we can have a President who isn't an embarrassment to the country", said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. "He is a symptom, not the cause", he said. "He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past, but it's also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes". "I found he's very good for sleeping".

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

Obama has weighed in from time to time, mainly through written statements criticizing the reversal of his policies, and he made a few campaign appearances during off-year elections in 2017 taking issue with the president.

And Obama tells the crowd in Anaheim that "we're all in this together and that what makes America exceptional and unique is that from all around the world people. came here because they believed in a certain set of ideals".

The seven candidates Obama threw his support behind are from districts that will be crucial for the Democrats if they want to oust the Republicans in California.

Obama travels next week to OH to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Richard Cordray, a former Obama administration official.

But Democrats saw the president's return to the trail in another way.

Casting aside the typical low profile of a former president, Mr Obama returned to the campaign trail on Friday in IL to help Democrats running in the upcoming midterm elections. He added that when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void". Lindsey Graham, an ally and sometimes critic of Trump said in a statement after the speech.

"The biggest threat to our democracy.is not one individual, it is not one big super PAC of billionaires", Obama said. Indeed, even as Obama was delivering his speech on Friday in Illinois, Trump was doing his best to prove it by announcing that he wants the US Justice Department to find the author.

Obama's speech was notably shorter and more restrained than the previous day's often fiery remarks in IL, when he attacked Trump more frontally, breaking with the long American tradition of restraint by former presidents toward their successors.

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