Barack Obama is done keeping quiet while Donald Trump guts his legacy

Barack Obama is done keeping quiet while Donald Trump guts his legacy

The former president, who has kept a low public profile since leaving the White House a year and a half ago, is wading back into politics

Then president Barack Obama wipes away tears during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

WASHINGTON – Former president Barack Obama, who has kept a low public profile since leaving the White House a year and half ago, is wading back into politics ahead of the November elections.

Obama will actively help Democrats in competitive races, aides close to him say, and he is stepping up fundraising efforts for the party.

“The simple message right now is that if people participate and they vote, that this democracy works,” Obama said Thursday night at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Beverly Hills, California. “The majority of the country doesn’t want to see a dog-eat-dog world where everybody is angry all the time.”

Without directly mentioning President Donald Trump, Obama drew the contrast, saying: “To a large degree, we are seeing a competition between two stories. . . . There’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them.”

Former president Barack Obama stands next to his newly unveiled portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES

Obama added that “fear is powerful” and that Democrats have a lot of ground work to do to win in November. “I would caution us from extrapolating too much from a bunch of special elections and starting to think that, ‘OK, this will take care of itself.’ Because it won’t.”

Obama was due to appear at a Friday event in San Francisco benefiting the Democratic National Campaign Committee.

On July 17, Obama will give a high-profile speech in South Africa marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. While that speech to thousands of people is unlikely to directly address the raw political division in the United States, Obama will talk about tolerance and inclusion, organizers said.

Obama was due to appear at a Friday event in San Francisco benefiting the Democratic National Campaign Committee.

On July 17, Obama will give a high-profile speech in South Africa marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. While that speech to thousands of people is unlikely to directly address the raw political division in the United States, Obama will talk about tolerance and inclusion, organizers said.

“Mandela stood and sacrificed greatly for democratic values and the universal rights of man. At a time when those values and human rights are under assault throughout the world, this is an essential moment for President Obama to speak,” said David Axelrod, who was Obama’s chief strategist in his two presidential campaigns.

From right: Barack Obama, president-elect Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Michelle Obama stand for a photograph outside of the White House ahead of the 58th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL VIA BLOOMBERGhttp://edmontonjournal.com/news/world/barack-obama-is-done-keeping-quiet-while-donald-trump-guts-his-legacy/wcm/d8ecffb6-6f0a-45d5-9e3f-41d629915022

 

 

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