- Former US president Barack Obama has accused Donald Trump of running down every good thing he inherited from him at the White House
- He blamed President Trump for careless handling of the COVID-19 pandemic despite having a pandemic handling "playbook" handed over to him when he assumed power
- Obama touted Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris as best placed to reposition America back on the rails after being "messed up by Trump"
Former US president Barack Obama has for the first time come out guns blazing and rebuked the administration of President Donald Trump, terming the incumbent as a person who destroyed every good thing he inherited from him at the White House.
Speaking in Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 21, when he joined the presidential campaigns for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the former president accused Trump of changing the world's view of America to negative.
Obama further called out Trump for "working towards only helping himself and his friends" stating that this had made citizens detest politics.
Obama said as the audience who were in their cars honked horns in approval:
"Trump wants full credit for the economy he inherited but zero blame for the pandemic that he ignored. But you know what? The job doesn't work that way. Tweeting at the television doesn't help. You need to work and have a plan.
"I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my polices, but I did hope for the sake of the country, that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously."
On the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Obama described Trump's decisions as careless.
According to the ex-president, Trump was treating the pandemic as "reality show" yet it was reality.
Obama said in reference to Trump's recent positive COVID-19 diagnosis:
"I left at the white house a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond. But we don't know where that playbook went. Eight months into the pandemic, cases are rising again in this country. Donald Trump doesn't sound like he will protect all of us...He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself.
"I can tell you the presidency doesn't tell who you are but it reveals who you are. Joe Biden has revealed himself to be a friend of working people. Joe, for eight years, was the last person to leave the decision-making room...He made me a better president. He and Kamala are going to be in the fight, not for themselves, but for every single one of us."
According to a report by CNN on Thursday, October 22, it is not common for former presidents to wade deeply into politics and disapprove of their predecessor's reigns, but Obama and Trump seem to be rewriting the script.
Trump has, however, downplayed Obama's campaigns for Biden stating that he was not shaken by his debut since he (Obama) had also campaigned "harder for Hilary Clinton".
Trump was quoted by Foxnews as saying:
“Somebody said, ‘Sir, maybe this isn’t good. President Obama is campaigning for sleepy Joe Biden.’ I said, 'That’s good news or bad news? Tell me, are you saying it’s good or it’s bad?' ‘Well, I guess it’s bad.’ No, it’s good.
“There is nobody that campaigned harder for 'crooked' Hillary Clinton than Obama. He was all over the place.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Obama sent a passionate message to young voters and urged them to "create a new normal" by electing Biden as president.
In a video message, Obama said one of the most inspiring things he had witnessed this year was the vigour showed by young people who are thirsting for fundamental change.
He described Biden as a revolutionist who is keen at effecting change and setting up a system that is going to treat everybody equally.
In another report, a 102-year-old American woman, Ora Smith, who was born in 1918, has gone out to exercise her electoral right as she voted in South Carolina.
The woman was born at a time when a great influenza pandemic attacked the US and wiped out over 675,000 people.
Without fear of the current Covid-19, a second outbreak in her lifetime, the woman went out and cast her vote.
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