Obama Says Trump A 'Symptom, Not The Cause' Of Political Resentments


Former President Barack Obama, a day after delivering a stinging critique of President Donald Trump's time in office, had a stark warning for fired-up Democrats in California: This is not rock bottom.

Vice President Mike Pence says it's disappointing that former President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail criticizing President Donald Trump.

For the first time in a public speech leaving office, Obama publicly said the words, "Donald Trump" -- twice, though he made no mention of his title as the nation's president.

The county's economy has evolved to more services and high-tech jobs that attract white-collar workers who are inclined to vote Democratic. "I found he's very good.for sleeping". "It works for me", Whitaker said.

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

Noting Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin while USA intelligence has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, Obama asked, "What happened to the Republican Party?"

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

"And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up to Nazi sympathizers", Obama said, referring to Trump's comment that there was blame on "both sides" ata white nationalist rally previous year in Charlottesville, Va. "We are Americans. We're supposed to stand up to bullies, not follow them", he said to applause.

He further said that Trump rejected science, rejected facts on things like climate change, embraced a rising absolutism from a willingness to default on America's debt by not paying our bills, to a refusal to even meet, much less consider, a qualified nominee for the Supreme Court because he happened to be nominated by a Democratic President.

"The point Washington made", Obama said, speaking from a stage in rural IL, "is that it's essential to American democracy that in a government of and by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class".

Obama, accusing Trump of "capitalizing" on "fear and anger" asked "What happened to the Republican Party?".

Obama's speech came as he accepted the university's Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government.

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"I wish he had gone a little harder on Trump", said Lee Rice, 73, an electrician from Oakdale in California's central valley.

"More often it's manufactured by the powerful and privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege", he also said. "None of this is conservative", Obama said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., (another former Trump opponent) launched into a tweetstorm Saturday morning, bringing up previous controversial statements from Obama and his allies. The Trump administration was under fire from Democrats for its response and handling of recovery efforts on the island.

"You can not sit back and wait for a savior", Obama said.

Following a fiery appearance in his home state of IL, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California - a traditional GOP stronghold.

After a particularly brutal loss in the 2010 midterms - 63 House seats and six Senate seats - Obama said the party had received a "shellacking".

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Appearing in Southern California on Saturday, the former president took another swipe at his successor as he raised his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats to regain control of the House.