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Former President Obama decided that it would be appropriate to tell black graduates that they are “victims because of color,” Biz Pac Review reported.
The comments came during a two-hour event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities that was broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] Edition.”
“This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama said. “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life.”
President Obama argued that the Ahmaud Arbery shooting was an incident of racial injustice.
Obama said, “You’re being asked to find your way in a world in the middle of a devastating pandemic and a terrible recession. The timing is not ideal. And let’s be honest: A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country. We see it in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities, just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog, and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning.”
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“Injustice like this isn’t new,” Obama declared. “What is new is that so much of your generation has woken up to the fact that the status quo needs fixing; that the old ways of doing things don’t work; that it doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick; that our society, and our democracy, only works when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other.”
Obama also took a shot at government officials in charge of responding to the coronavirus, according to Fox News.
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said.
Obama added that “a lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Obama continued to explain that “so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs” who do “what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy.”
“That’s how little kids think,’ he added, “which is why things are so screwed up.'”
Obama has revealed that he will be “spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can” for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.
Although Obama didn’t directly name President Trump, he has previously criticized the administration’s response as plagued by selfishness.
President Trump wrote to Twitter on Saturday that Democrats and the media were inaccurately portraying his administration’s response.
“We’ve done a GREAT job on Covid response, making all Governors look good, some fantastic (and that’s OK), but the Lamestream Media doesn’t want to go with that narrative, and the Do Nothing Dems talking point is to say only bad about ‘Trump’. I made everybody look good, but me!” he tweeted.
We’ve done a GREAT job on Covid response, making all Governors look good, some fantastic (and that’s OK), but the Lamestream Media doesn’t want to go with that narrative, and the Do Nothing Dems talking point is to say only bad about “Trump”. I made everybody look good, but me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
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On a private phone call, which was later obtained by Yahoo News, former President Barack Obama said the “rule of law is at risk” in response to the Department of Justice dropping its criminal charges against retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said.
The discussion was during a virtual call with the Obama Alumni Association.
Obama continued, “The fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
Obama also criticized Trump’s handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.”
Obama suggested on the call that he would campaign vigorously for the presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
“This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” the former president said.
“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life,” he added. “That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.”
Exclusive: Obama, in private talk with ex-aides, says "the rule of law is at risk" in Flynn case and calls Trump response to pandemic an "absolute chaotic disaster." Listen to the tape: https://t.co/HUOXFvPI1m
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) May 9, 2020