Barack Obama returns to campaign trail, but will he succeed?

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2018

But that changed on Friday.

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", Obama said at the University of IL. "The stakes really are higher".

Former US President Barack Obama said the only way to tame a government by the powerful few is democracy by the organized many.

He later added: "This is not normal".

Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust Republicans from control. He said people have asked him what he's going to do for the November election. "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, actively blocking legislation that would defend our elections from Russian attack.

Obama says during a speech Friday in IL that the Republican-controlled Congress has championed the unwinding of campaign finance laws, made it harder for minorities to vote and voted multiple times to take health care away from ordinary Americans.

The speech was a preview of the argument that Obama is likely to make throughout the fall.

The former commander-in-chief made the case that now is a pivotal moment in history in which Americans need to push back against those who would encourage the worst in human nature and appeal to anger, fear and resentment. He told the students in the audience: "You need to vote because our democracy depends on it". "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping". To all the young people who are here today, there are now more eligible voters in your generation than in any other, which means your generation now has more power than anybody to change things.

Barack Obama delivered a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump's presidency
Barack Obama delivered a sharp rebuke to Donald Trump's presidency Credit Reuters

Obama argued that, "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

But Obama pointed to his own role in bringing the USA out of one of the worst economic recessions it has experienced, saying "let's just remember when this recovery started".

The president was widely censured by officials from across the political spectrum, and later clarified that he condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacy.

The speech was "something different", said Esther Castaneda, 34, a small business owner from Orange, California. "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

Obama has been playing an active role in the lead up to November's midterm elections.

"It's supposed to be the party... of fiscal conservatism. Better is always worth fighting for", Obama said. She is urging Americans to participate in a week of action, september 22 through 29, to get people registered to vote. "That's you. You and your vote".

Obama never said Trump's name during his fundraising speech for the DNC and instead urged Democrats to stop "moping" and get to work for candidates. Then I have three more pages, two more pages just like this.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders, that is not a check", Obama said. At a fundraiser in North Dakota, the US president told a crowd of supporters: "I watched it, but I fell asleep".

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