Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

12 September, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Obama's appearance comes one day after a strongly worded critique of Trump at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.

But that changed on Friday.

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

"Many of them never imagined running for office, but what they understood is the stakes are high in this election".

He later added: "This is not normal". "They start undermining norms that assure accountability and they appeal to racial nationalism that's barely veiled. Its central organising principle in foreign policy was the fight against communism, and now they're cosying up to the former head of the KGB". Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

Politico reports that insiders claim Trump "has long complained about the fawning coverage and adulation that he believes Obama has received, even after leaving the White House", which has been exacerbated by the president's dismay at the fawning coverage given to the late Sen.

Obama campaigned for congressional Democrats from California on Saturday, a day after he excoriated Trump in a speech in IL.

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And Obama went on from there, calling Trump out over "cozying up to Putin", for not standing up to "Nazi sympathizers", for attacking the press, for directing his own Justice Department to show political deference, and for costing us "honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government". "I found he's very good, very good for sleeping".

The former president said Trump is "a symptom, not the cause" of the divisiveness plaguing United States politics.

"Appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another - that's an old playbook".

"We are Americans: we're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them".

"They're not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the insane stuff that's coming out of this White House, and then saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10 percent, '" he said. Obama asked. "Saying that Nazis are bad". He said, "Trump is just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

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.

Obama's office announced his first round of endorsements earlier this year and the official said his second round will be released in coming weeks.

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"It's supposed to be the party... of fiscal conservatism".

The former president implored the young audience to vote in the upcoming election.

Obama is speaking at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he's urging people to vote in the midterm elections.

"You've got to do more than retweet a hashtag, you've got to vote", he said.

"If you don't like what's going on right now, and you shouldn't - do not - complain", Obama said. Pirro said. "How dare you!"

Obama said: "If you thought elections don't matter, I hope these past two years have corrected that impression".

Obama was editing his first public speech of the 2018 midterms on the plane, an aide to the former president tells CNN, scribbling notes and crossing out lines on a printed copy.

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