by Martin Walsh
Former President Barack Obama has had a hard time staying focused on the campaign trail lately.
While stumping in Miami, Florida, with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, the former president tried his best to deliver a home run speech before Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“The real reason I came down to Miami is because this Tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes. Politicians will always say that. But this time it’s actually true. The stakes really are that high. The consequences of any other staying home really are more dangerous,” Obama said.
In less than 90 seconds, Obama defended Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to send and receive classified information, downplayed the severity of the Ebola virus, defended the migrant caravan trekking north toward the U.S., and attacked President Donald Trump.
“We all try to put a positive spin on things, but what we have not seen the way we are seeing right now is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lie. Just making stuff up. That’s what they’re doing now all the time. By the way, it’s not the first time. They do this every election cycle. Try to terrify folks and then the election comes and problem suddenly magically vanishes,” Obama said.
“In 2010, they said Bill and I were setting up death panels to kill your grandma. Remember that? In 2014 they said Ebola is going to kill all of us, shut the borders. In 2016, it was Hillary’s emails. They were all wound up about that. Now in 2018m they’re telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees a thousand miles away. They’re even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border,” he added, with the crowd cheering him on.
Obama, without a whiff of self-awareness, went on to claim Republicans and Trump have been “shamelessly lying.”
“Don’t be Charlie Brown. Don’t fall for the okey doke. Don’t be bamboozled. Don’t be hoodwinked. Because when you get distracted, while you’re distracted with all this stuff they’re making up, they’re also robbing you blind. It will be like, look, look, look over there, and then they’re giving tax cuts to billionaires,” Obama added.
Last Friday, Obama attempted to launch into another anti-Trump diatribe, but had troubling given his voice cracked several times.
While speaking during a rally in Wisconsin for Democratic candidates, the former president launched into a bizarre rant when trying to attack the president without his teleprompter, where his voice cracked several times.
After accusing Trump and Republicans of “shamelessly lying” about the migrant caravan marching toward the United States, he implied the issue wasn’t a big deal ahead of the election.
“You know, as soon as the election’s over, everybody will be like, ‘What, what happened? We were being invaded. Where’d it go?’” Obama said. “We’ve got to stop falling for this stuff. We’re like Charlie Brown with the football. … Don’t fall for that kind of fear-mongering.”
No one loves Obama more than Obama, and he continues to prove that argument given he tends to make every speech all about himself.