Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

Former U.S. president Barack Obama waded back into politics with a fiery speech Friday, openly taking aim his successor's leadership style.

"We thought it was important to find a setting where President Obama can make a cogent argument outside of the candidate-specific stump speeches coming this fall", Schultz said in an email.

Citing the rise of the far-right and its trafficking in conspiracy theories - including the origins of his birthplace and a war on "science and facts" - Obama asked: "What happened to the Republican party?"

Former Obama communications director Dan Pfeiffer said on CNN that Obama can effectively reach voters in parts of the country he won in 2012, but which voted for Trump in 2016.

Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in competitive races all across the country through October, appearing first in California on Saturday and OH next week.

It's the first time 44's publicly attacked 45 since leaving office and, honestly, it's the kind of talk Democrats have been dying to hear from Obama.

Republicans shrugged off Mr Obama's criticism. He adds, "I found he's very good for sleeping".

Obama took Trump to task by saying he's played on voters' fears and crafted divisive policies.

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"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", Trump said at a campaign appearance in Fargo, North Dakota.

President Obama speaking to students at the University of IL. "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination, and we sure are as heck are supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

President Barack Obama will step back into politics today - Friday - and deliver a speech that will preview his 2018 midterm election message.

Obama, in making his first political speech with the midterms in mind, implored people to vote.

He also criticized Trump's response to the violence past year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one person.

"It's not conservative", Obama said.

"When We All Vote" is housed in an organization called Civic Advisors, which also handles several post presidential programs Michelle Obama is involved in. As Obama noted, the supposed fiscal conservatism that Republicans cited as the reason they couldn't compromise disappeared overnight when they took power: "This is supposed to be the party of fiscal conservatism".

Michelle Obama's book, "Becoming", goes on sale November 13 - exactly a week after election day.

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