Obama Campaigns for Biden, Tells Voters: ‘This Is Not a Reality Show’
Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday. Obama stumped for his former vice president at a drive-in campaign event in Philadelphia and took the opportunity to levy criticism at President Donald Trump.
“America is a good and decent place, but we’ve just seen so much nonsense and noise that sometimes it’s hard to remember,” Obama said, speaking in a state that Trump narrowly won in 2016, helping secure his election victory by cracking the so-called ‘Blue Wall.’
“I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my policies, but I did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously,” he said.
Obama said the president “wants full credit for the economy he inherited and no blame for the pandemic he ignored” and called efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “shameful.” He also mocked Trump’s promise to deliver a better alternative.
“It’s been ‘coming in two weeks’ for the last 10 years. Where is it? Where is this great plan to replace Obamacare?” he said. “There is no plan. They’ve never had one.”
He also tried to rally voters to come out and not have a repeat of 2016, when Trump eked out a victory in a handful of states, allowing him to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“We can’t be complacent. I don’t care about the polls,” Obama said. “There were a whole bunch of polls last time. Didn’t work out. Because a whole bunch of folks stayed at home. And got lazy and complacent. Not this time. Not in this election.”
“This is not a reality show. This is reality,” the former president said. “And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.”