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Obama Warns Democracy At Stake in DNC Speech – Trump Reacts with Angry Tweets / VIDEO

Obama will slam Trump as a lazy and incapable President who treats the job as 'one more reality show', blame him for 170,000 dead

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In his Democratic National Convention speech Wednesday from Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, former president Barack Obama pretty laid it all out for voters and urged them to not allow their “cynicism” about government to let those in power to take advantage of them.

“Look, I understand why many Americans are down on government. The way the rules have been set up and abused in Congress make it easy for special interests to stop progress. Believe me, I know. I understand why a white factory worker who’s seen his wages cut or his job shipped overseas might feel like the government no longer looks out for him, and why a Black mother might feel like it never looked out for her at all. I understand why a new immigrant might look around this country and wonder whether there’s still a place for him here; why a young person might look at politics right now, the circus of it all, the meanness and the lies and crazy conspiracy theories and think, what’s the point?” Obama said at the Democratic National Convention.

“Well, here’s the point: this president and those in power – those who benefit from keeping things the way they are – they are counting on your cynicism. They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. That’s how they win. That’s how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life, and the lives of the people you love. That’s how the economy will keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people fall through the cracks. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all,” he continued. “Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”

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The man who left office before Donald Trump assumed it also offered a blunt critique of his successor and his performance in the job.

“I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president. I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision or continue my policies. I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care,” Obama said. “But he never did. He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”

Obama’s speech came two days after former First Lady Michelle Obama’s impassioned remarks on Monday, in which she warned that the “chaos” in America would only continue to get worse if Trump was reelected and urged voters to support Joe Biden “like [their] lives depend on it.”

Read the rest of Obama’s speech here. Or WATCH it above.

Needless to say, as Deadline noted, Obama’s comments got under Trump’s skin to the point where tweeted, in all caps, “HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!”

Trump has long made unfounded claims that Obama was behind the FBI investigation of Russian contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian sources in 2016.

He then tweeted, “WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”

Obama stayed out of the 2020 primary race and did not endorse until the race was all but over.

Obama also used the speech to lay out the case for Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. His remarks were preceded by a video of a moment in early 2017 when Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of these dark times and build it back better,” Obama said. “But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone. Not even a president. Democracy was never meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make everything better. It requires an active and informed citizenry.”

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Barack Obama will unload on Donald Trump saying he's lazy and incapable

  • Former President Barack Obama will tell the Democratic National Convention that President Donald Trump has 'shown no interest' in doing his job 
  • 'No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,' Obama will say 
  • He'll call Democratic nominee Joe Biden a 'friend' and brother' and pledge that he and Sen. Kamala Harris will lead the country 'out of dark times' 
  • Obama will address the virtual convention Wednesday night from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • Harris will accept the vice presidential nomination in nearby Wilmington, Delaware, while Hillary Clinton will also address the DNC Wednesday night 

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump and pledge that Joe Biden will lead the country 'out of dark times' in an address set at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Wednesday night. 

There, he'll vouch for his 'friend' and 'brother,' former Vice President Joe Biden, while casting President Donald Trump as a man who has never taken his job seriously or done it well.  

'He’s shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends,' Obama will say in remarks to the virtual Democratic National Convention. 'No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.' 

President Barack Obama will address the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night from Philadelphia where he will make a personal plea to Americans to vote for his former vice president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris

President Barack Obama will address the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night from Philadelphia where he will make a personal plea to Americans to vote for his former vice president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris  

Former President Barack Obama will speak from the Museum of the American Revolution Wednesday night as part of the virtual Democratic National Convention

Former President Barack Obama will speak from the Museum of the American Revolution Wednesday night as part of the virtual Democratic National Convention 

Satellite trucks and security started to be set up Tuesday outside the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Associated Press confirmed Wednesday that the museum was the site of Obama's speech

Satellite trucks and security started to be set up Tuesday outside the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Associated Press confirmed Wednesday that the museum was the site of Obama's speech  

Obama will recall the time he spent with both men who will be on the ballot this November. 



'I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president,' Obama will say. 

He will admit that he never believed Trump would continue Obama-era policies. 

'I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care,' Obama plans to say.

'But he never did,' the remarks continue.    

Like his wife said on Monday night, Obama will argue that Trump is incapable of handling the presidency.  

'Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,' Obama plans to say. 

'And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,' he goes on.   

Obama will cast Biden as a good man and a strong leader. 

'Twelve years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I didn’t know I’d end up finding a brother,' Obama will say. 'Joe and I came from different places and different generations. But what I quickly came to admire about him is his resilience, born of too much struggle; his empathy, born of too much grief.'

The former president will talk about how Biden treats every person he meets 'with respect and dignity.' 

The point has been made throughout the week at the virtual DNC featuring Biden, in one video, and his decade-long friendships with Amtrak employees.   

'Over eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision. He made me a better president. He’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country,' Obama will say.   

Biden officially earned his party's nomination during a virtual roll call vote Tuesday night. 

The city and venue are significant in a number of ways.    

The museum is just blocks away from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as the Liberty Bell. 

Philadelphia was where Obama gave one of his most important speeches: when he talked about race when he ran for president in 2008.  

President Obama gave one of his most consequential speeches of his Democratic primary fight against Hillary Clinton in 2008 in Philadelphia, where he spoke about race in America

President Obama gave one of his most consequential speeches of his Democratic primary fight against Hillary Clinton in 2008 in Philadelphia, where he spoke about race in America 

Hillary Clinton is seen waving to supporters on the last night of her 2016 campaign in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton is seen waving to supporters on the last night of her 2016 campaign in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

President Obama (left) appeared with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (right) on the last night of the 2016 campaign at an outdoor rally in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, just blocks away from where he'll address the 2020 DNC

President Obama (left) appeared with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (right) on the last night of the 2016 campaign at an outdoor rally in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, just blocks away from where he'll address the 2020 DNC 

Joe Biden (left) and Jill Biden (right), a Philadelphia native, greet throngs of supporters in Philadelphia in May 2019 as the former vice president kicked off his presidential campaign

Joe Biden (left) and Jill Biden (right), a Philadelphia native, greet throngs of supporters in Philadelphia in May 2019 as the former vice president kicked off his presidential campaign 

Philadelphia was also the site of the Democrats' convention four years ago. 

And Obama appeared alongside Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and his wife Michelle, on the eve of election night in 2016, at a packed, outdoor rally on the campus of Independence Hall. 

The move suggested the Clinton campaign knew Pennsylvania would be important. 

It was the state that put President Donald Trump over the line.

Four years later, Biden - a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania - based his campaign in Philadelphia, which is just one Amtrak stop away from his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. 

His kick-off speech was delivered in Philadelphia's downtown. 

And Biden's wife, Jill, is from the city.  

After Obama speaks Wednesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris will accept the vice presidential nomination live from Wilmington, to be followed by Biden at the same venue on Thursday night. 

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Comment by rhethe etntehrt on August 23, 2020 at 3:05pm
Comment by mr1stroke on August 22, 2020 at 2:01am
Things were running smooth niggers were getting welfare and unemployment benefits sky racking our taxes, all that s*** is over f*** you niggers get a damn job, thats why niggers hate Trump if he was giving hand out you lazy niggers would love him, but thank God for him not every one os us want to be on welfare getting hand outs living in high crimes community, some of us seek business opportunity thats what Trump gave us, my portfolio never looked that green nor my business was doing that great under Obama, now i am doing great like the tiger, if your democrats are so good why you niggers keep complaining, those cops have been killing you under democratic power, your community have been filthy crimes under democratic command, what happened? Lol dumb niggers you will all die on the project while the rest of us live up the hill, its like the movie the day after tomorrow niggers will not get on that ship
Comment by stephen myers on August 21, 2020 at 4:30pm

Obama was a way better man, things were running smooth till this Russian puppet white supremacist was hacked into power, look at Amerikkka now,  cesspool of death and chaos, race war, hell on earth.

Comment by mr1stroke on August 21, 2020 at 2:01am
Trump is not my problem as long my business is good i cant careless, but my question still remains, what have Obama did for the black community that is still in distress, i would like to hear a list of things without argument, if any one has the information just post it so we can research, this is not an argument but a request for information, im sure every intelligent and smart person can understand that, i can post a few about what he did for the Jews, Gays and Immigrant community
Comment by vaughn mitchell on August 20, 2020 at 6:51pm
Red clown
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