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"You happen to be coming of age", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana Champaign. Because there's actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that is you - you and your vote.
CNN host Don Lemon on Friday night echoed portions of former President Obama's speech earlier in the day blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Playboy model accuses GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy of physical abuse: reports Cohen seeks to vacate hush-money deal with Stormy Daniels Stormy Daniels says she broke into "sobs" when she heard about Cohen's plea MORE. "He is a symptom, not a cause", Obama told students at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. "A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes".
"This President and this Congress are hitting people right in the pocket book and people see that", Cox said, arguing Obama will offer them an image of Democratic leadership.
In response to Mr Obama's rebuke, Mr Trump told a rally in North Dakota hours later "I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep". He said the biggest threat to democracy isn't Trump but "indifference".
"They are not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the insane stuff that is coming out of this White House and then saying, 'Don't worry". "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping".
That did not stop him from denouncing actions that Trump has taken that Obama said undermine American progress, from the ban on travelers from certain Muslim countries to the failure to take action beyond sending "thoughts and prayers" after school mass shootings.
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"I wish [Obama] would come [to California] more often because he reminds Republicans of eight years of misery".
Barack Obama with sister Auma Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kenya on Sunday, July 15 since he finished his presidential term.
As for voting, Obama criticized the fact that people usually vote for their favorite party instead of for the country.
After his vitriolic condemnation of Trump, Obama offered a solution: Vote Democrat.
From this profound analytical error has followed a second one: that Donald Trump represents a sudden departure from the Republican Party's character. While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail. "Doubling down on that strategy won't work in 2018 either", said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens.
"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote. That's the only way it could happen", he told a Montana rally.
On Saturday, Obama will stump for Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.