Former US president Barack Obama has delivered a stinging indictment of American political life under President Donald Trump, blasting his successor's pattern of pressuring the Justice Department and reminding voters that the economic recovery began on his watch.
Obama delivered a speech at the University of IL urging young people to participate in the 2018 midterm elections.
Trump aides were allegedly concerned about the effect Obama's speech would have on President Trump, with Politico reporting there are fears from the Trump camp that Obama would get inside the president's head ahead of midterm elections.
Obama has spent much of 2018 away from the political fray, focusing on writing his book and raising money for his post-presidency foundation.
Former President Barack Obama on Friday took direct aim at President Donald Trump for the first time since leaving office, in a speech at the University of IL in which he urged young people to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. "The stakes really are higher".
He said the consequences of sitting on the sidelines are "dire".
He later added: "This is not normal".
Fox News released a excerpt of an upcoming interview with the Vice President, where he said Obama had rolled out "the same exhausted arguments that he and liberals have made over the last eight years".
The event, organized by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was an attempt to boost seven Democrats running in districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 but which are represented by the Republicans in the House.
Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats.
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Some said they didn't mind that Obama took a softer approach.
Barack Obama with sister Auma Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya on Sunday, July 15 since he finished his presidential term.
Obama's more veiled attack was a reference to the President's tweet about Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Monday that also lamented the indictments of GOP Reps.
Slamming Trump's policies, he further said that he handed out tax cuts without regard to deficits, slashed the safety net wherever it could.
Obama also unloaded on the Republican Party, saying that it has become a home for the politics of "division, of resentment and paranoia" and that its members are abdicating their responsibilities by doing nothing "when the president does something insane".
Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday told attendees at a Democratic rally that the United States government "is a government for everybody".
He later said that over the past 20 years, "division", "resentment", and "paranoia" have "found a home in the Republican Party".
Trump's allies in Congress were quick to make the case that Obama's Friday speech would help Trump's re-election in 2020.
Obama urged the Democrats at his first rally of 2018 to get out and vote in November, telling them that the dismay they feel about Washington right now means nothing is they don't follow through by voicing their displeasure at the ballot box.
Obama did not mention Trump on Saturday and instead said the problems in Washington are bigger than one person.