Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Obama tells voters to step up or 'things could get worse'

Obama tells voters to step up or 'things could get worse'

"It reminds the Republicans why these midterms are important". "President Trump opens the jar, and he said, I loosened it for you", said Mr. McCarthy on Fox Business Network's "Sunday Morning Futures".

Here was one of Obama's salvos during his speech: "Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change", he said.

Obama also recorded a NowThis News video released Saturday. But nothing will get done if this generation doesn't vote, he added.

On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.

She said that the reason America has an "outsider business man" president like Trump is, in fact, because of Obama.

Of course, Obama, recognized that there are those in the Republican Party who are opposed to Trump, but they "seem utterly unwilling to find the backbone to safeguard the institutions that make our democracy work". "That's on the ballot".

Such a failure could empower a "blue wave" at the polls this November, although as of this writing the much-anticipated Democratic surge has yet to materialize.

Barack Obama is officially on the campaign trail again.

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.

"The threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump", Obama said.

"I want to reach out to some Republicans, who kind of hearken back to the values of a guy named Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president".

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", he said, recalling that he had inherited a unsafe economic downturn and left office amid a recovery.

"By the time I left office, household income was near its all-time high, and the uninsured rate hit an all-time low, poverty rates were falling", Obama said.

He said that in American history "there's always been a push and pull between those who want to go forward and those who want to look back, between those who want to divide and those who are seeking to bring people together - between those who promote a politics of hope and those who exploit politics of fear". "When you vote, you've got the power to make sure white nationalists don't feel emboldened to march with their hoods off or their hoods on in Charlottesville in the middle of the day". He said it immediately after a description of the Republican Party's party-wide agenda of making voting more hard for marginalized constituencies, rejecting science, or encouraging the Benghazi-birtherism mania that flourished under his watch.

"We're going to put on our marching shoes, we're going to start knocking on some doors, we're going to start making some calls", he said to cheers. "We are going to go out, and we are going to start taking some clipboards out, and we're going to start knocking on some doors".

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