Trump Swipes at Obama Speech: ‘I Fell Asleep’

Jermaine Castillo
September 8, 2018

"Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you this moment really is different", Obama continued.

The Republican Party's refusal to compromise with Obama on health care, climate, deficit reduction, and so on was not because Obama treated them too arrogantly or refused to address the deficit seriously.

Obama name-checked Trump, saying he is the "symptom, not the cause" of people being fearful of change, and added that in order to change the political climate, Americans need to vote.

"This is not called a recovery, this is called a rocket ship", Trump added.

In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Mr Obama said Americans were living in unsafe times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cosying up to Russian Federation.

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On the stump in North Dakota, the 45th president mocked his predecessor's speech. "The stakes really are higher".

He very bluntly slated Trump for not condemning the racially-charged protests, saying: "How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

Obama is still the erudite statesman we've known for years, but he just seems looser, less measured.

"We are supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them", Obama said. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference".

Since leaving office in January 2017, Obama has largely refrained from directly criticizing Trump or his administration. He's just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past but also born of the tremendous upheavals that have taken place'.

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Instead, the president said, "I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep".

The former president's remarks in IL came ahead of a series of campaign stops to help fellow Democrats running in the November midterm elections.

Mr Trump told supporters in Montana on Thursday that Republicans needed to maintain control of Congress to stave off possible impeachment proceedings against him. "The idea that, 'Well, you know, there's racism in America, so I'm not going to bother voting, ' makes no sense".

The one-time community organizer used his notable gift of oration and implored students to get out and vote, setting up the election as a defining moment for the direction of the country.

Now, as 2018 midterm campaign season gets underway, it's likely a very public Trump-versus-Obama showdown becomes a defining storyline of the year. A top focus of his efforts will be helping Democrats retake the House, which he will kick off on Saturday with a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally in Orange County, California, for the seven Democrats running there in Republican-held districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

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