Barack Obama encourages people to vote: "This is not Coachella"

Barack Obama encourages people to vote:

Barack Obama encourages people to vote: "This is not Coachella"

Obama also took aim at the Republican Party directly saying "the politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home" in the party. And in a healthy democracy, it doesn't work. "Our antibodies kick in and people of good will from across the political spectrum call out the bigots and the fear-mongers and work to compromise and get things done and promote the better angels of our nation".

But, Obama added, when there is a vacuum in democracy, "other voices fill the void". Following a February 14 massacre at the school, survivors called on politicians to refuse to take money from the NRA.

But Obama pointed to his own role in bringing the USA out of one of the worst economic recessions it has experienced, saying "let's just remember when this recovery started".

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

Obama said it's not an exaggeration to say the midterm elections are the most important in his lifetime.

"When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's just remember when this recovery started", he said, recalling that he had inherited a risky economic downturn and left office amid a recovery.

He said stakes were high not just for Democrats but for all Americans, as "people feel scared" about a litany of issues: a troubled health care system, the high costs of education, a warming climate and more.

He says the country is at a pivotal moment in its history and "the consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire" than in prior elections.

"What happened to the Republican Party?" he asked rhetorically.

"I'm not making that up".

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Obama also highlighted two races in the state's Central Valley, praising venture capitalist Josh Harder in his bid to unseat four-term Republican Jeff Denham, and T J Cox, who is challenging David Valadao in a district where Democrats hold a 17-point advantage in voter registration.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders, that is not a check", Obama said.

"2016 is over, but President Obama is still dismissing the millions of voters across the country who rejected a continuation of his policies in favor of President Trump's plan for historic tax cuts, new jobs and economic growth", RNC spokesperson Ellie Hockenbury said in a statement. Obama reminded the audience that the economic recovery began during his administration and defended his handling of the 2008 economic collapse. "There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you and your vote". In August 2017, Trump was criticized for saying there was "blame on both sides" for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers".

The speech was expected to be a preview of the argument Obama will make this fall campaign season.

Former President Barack Obama is in California to campaign for Democratic congressional candidates one day after issuing a stinging rebuke of his successor in the White House.

Obama heads to Cleveland on September 13 to campaign for Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an adviser.

In an unusually blistering attack on his successor, Obama said Americans were living in risky times and accused Republicans of threatening democracy, dividing the country, undermining global alliances and cosying up to Russian Federation.

"For three cycles President Obama fired up Republicans like nobody and I'm happy if he wants to do it again", he said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

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