Obama: US Government 'Not for Sale'

Obama: US Government 'Not for Sale'

Former US President Barack Obama who traces his roots to Kenya, however, defended the importance of politics in development of nations, saying the biggest threat to prosperity of democracy were individuals who stayed home on voting day. "It's not for sale". "We don't have a situation where some are more equal than others".

While speaking at the University of Illinois, Obama criticized what American politics have become, specifically targeting U.S. President Donald Trump for perpetuating problems.

Former first lady Michelle Obama, a co-chair of the group When We All Vote, also ia getting involved.

"I am sorry to say this, but there is one thing your gonna have to live with, the only reason that we have an outsider businessman president is because of you, your lies, your policies, and your divisiveness", she said on her show Saturday night.

"In two months we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics", he said in a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.

Obama also implied in his speech on Friday that Trump and his supporters do not think Nazis are bad, asking, "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination".

"It's apathy", he said.

"We are Americans, we're supposed to stand up to bullies".

Former President Barack Obama makes a campaign stop at Caffe Paradiso in Urbana, Ill., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, where he did a campaign stop with Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, left, following his speech at the University of Illinois.

"As a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, but as a fellow citizen I'm here to deliver a simple message and that is: you need to vote because our democracy depends on it", he told students.

Trump aides were allegedly concerned about the effect Obama's speech would have on President Trump, with Politico reporting there are fears from the Trump camp that Obama would get inside the president's head ahead of midterm elections.

Obama's speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, a region traditionally held by Republicans, was a stump for Democrats Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Katie Hill, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.

President Trump pretended to be unmoved, saying, "I watched it but I fell asleep".

The November elections have been seen as a referendum on Trump, who has fulfilled campaign promises to cut taxes and regulations but who faces a widening special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and growing questions about his fitness for office, even by some within his administration.

Obama gave shout-outs to seven Democratic candidates in competitive House districts across California that are considered crucial to the party's efforts to oust Republicans from control. Next week he'll be in OH to campaign for Senator Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

"The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders, that is not a check", Obama said.

Republicans shrugged off Obama's criticism. "I found he's very good - very good for sleeping", he said. She is urging Americans to participate in a week of action, september 22 through 29, to get people registered to vote.

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