On Wednesday, former US President Barack Obama began his tour in support of Joe Biden, his former vice president who now seeks the presidency himself on the Democratic ticket in November. Obama’s first stop was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Obama’s stump speech in Philadelphia focused heavily on the failings of US President Donald Trump
“I’ve sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president,” the former two-term president told attendees at the drive-in rally outside of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, “and they are very different people.”
Obama said that Trump “has not shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show he can use to get attention … But the thing is, this is not a reality show. This is reality.”
He faulted Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which some 222,000 Americans have died thus far.
“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond before the virus reached our shores. They probably used it to, I don’t know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere,” Obama quipped.
“Presidents up for reelection usually ask if the country is better off than it was four years ago,” Obama said. “The only people truly better off than they were four years ago are billionaires who got his tax cuts.”
Obama also pointed out that Trump gets away with one scandal after another, and that if he had done them, he would have earned nicknames from the conservative media like “Beijing Barry.”
”Of the taxes Donald Trump pays, he may be sending more to foreign governments than he does to the United States,” Obama said, noting he likely paid more in income tax working a summer job in high school than the $750 Trump did in 2019.