Obama demands return to 'sanity' in politics in second swipe at Trump

Obama speaks at U of I: Trump is ‘capitalizing on resentment’

"I'm here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us, as citizens of the United States, need to determine just who it is that we are, just what it is that we stand for", Obama said on Friday, kicking off his campaign schedule for the mid-term elections in November. "The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference". "Our democracy depends upon it", he said.

For months, the 44th president has been a model of patience and restraint under a barrage of criticism and attacks -- sometimes personal and unfounded -- launched by the man who succeeded him.

Obama also criticized recent Republican policy moves such as the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that ballooned the nation's budget deficit, but which party leaders hoped would be a winning issue during midterm campaigns.

Fox & Friends Weekend host Pete Hegseth, who interviewed President Donald Trump two days ago, declared this morning that former President Barack Obama has "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

The Republican National Committee, responding to Obama's speech, said voters will reject Obama's strategy in 2018. "You can be the generation that stood up and reminded us just how precious democracy is, and just how powerful it can be when we fight for it", he added. "None of this is conservative", Obama said.

"I don't agree with President Obama, he's President Obama, he won the election".

"This is not normal", Obama said during his hour-long address. "What happened?" he said.

Obama didn't mention President Donald Trump by name during a 20-minute speech Saturday in the key Southern California battleground of Orange County but the allusions were clear.

Ex-US President Barack Obama on Friday said the US President Donald Trump is the symptom, not the cause of division and polarisation in the US.

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The solution, he said, is not the purported resistance movement inside the administration that is working to thwart Trump's worst impulses, as described by a senior official who this week wrote an anonymous New York Times op-ed.

His appearance - one day after a strongly worded critique of Mr Trump at University of IL at Urbana-Champaign - touched on themes of retirement security, climate change and education.

Obama is hitting the campaign trail for his fellow Democrats, with an event in California for House candidates and then a stop in OH next week.

Former President Barack Obama says November midterm elections give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics".

Obama is speaking Friday at the University of IL, where he's receiving an award for ethics in government. His advisers say it's a preview of the case he'll make throughout the fall campaign season.

After spending much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines, Obama has several events scheduled in coming days where he'll campaign for Democrats. He will appear at a campaign event in Southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month. He also will campaign this month in IL and Pennsylvania and will headline a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in New York City.

"We were ready for Barack Obama". Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in IL.

Trump, speaking at a rally later that day, said Obama was trying to take credit for a strong economy.

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