Former President Barack Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to once again address his loyal supporters, encouraging the nation to vote against President Donald Trump in November.
Obama spoke in support of his running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has won the Democratic nomination for president this election season. However, his former running mate’s speech took on a familiar theme that has been seen in many Democrats support of their candidate: Vote for Biden, at least he’s not Trump.
“Look, I understand why many Americans are down on government,” Obama said, in a folksy down to earth approach that drew so many to him in 2008 and 2012. The former Oval Office occupant offered examples of those he feels might be disenfranchised, going to say, “Well, here’s the point: this president and those in power – those who benefit from keeping things the way they are – they are counting on your cynicism … Do not let them take away your power. Do not let them take away your democracy.”
The former president’s lofty statements then took a dark turn. He said that while he didn’t ever expect his successor to pick up where he left off he did, however, think Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.
“But he never did,” Obama said. “He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”
The former president didn’t hold back, sharing his disdain for the current Commander-in-chief’s execution of his office. However, he also didn’t make a compelling case for why anyone should vote for his vice president except, again, that he’s not Donald Trump.
Liberals’ frustration with the president has grown to an alarming height, something that Democrats have blamed the president for, extensively. While on the one hand, they have encouraged their voters to do whatever it takes to stand up to the current president, they’ve also blamed Trump for the civil unrest.
Some conservatives have questioned whether the longtime Washington insider Biden is who ultra progressives want in the office at all, or if they’re just looking to spruce up an otherwise progressive ticket with a known quantity like the former vice president.
Biden’s recently announced running mate, Kamala Harris, is a much more progressive politician, hailing from California and offering something for those the far left might consider a compelling inducement. However, Biden’s advanced age has many asking whether this is just Democrats way of attempting to make sure they put up some sort of fight in a race that they know they’re likely to lose to an incumbent, with a fringe benefit of having a solidly far-left VP, should Biden manage to secure his position behind the resolute desk.
Regardless of Biden’s viability going into the November election, there are still many who are left with the question as to why the party backed someone as unstable as Biden as their nationwide face in the upcoming election. Will he win? Will he forget to show up for the inauguration? Will he become “mysteriously ill” for the upcoming debates with Trump? No one knows just yet, but we do know one thing, liberals have signaled that they’re willing to take extreme measures to get Biden into the White House.
Why? Oh, that’s right, he’s not Trump