Written By @pistolwhippedya
It should come as no surprise that our Forever President #BarackObama delivered a blistering critique of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis. CNN reports that #Obama described it as “an absolute chaotic disaster.”
Friday, #Obama had a 30-minute conversation with the Obama Alumni Association-people who worked for him in the White House and across his administration. His ‘searing comments’ were confirmed to CNN by three former #Obama administration officials and offered his ‘starkest assessment’ yet on #Trump and his administration handlings of the global pandemic.
#Trump’s lack of response is a critical reminder of why strong government leadership is necessary during a global crisis. #Obama believes this is why democrats must “rally behind” former Vice President #JoeBiden to defeat Trump in November and hopes his message encourages former staffers to become more engaged in Biden’s presidential campaign. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#Obama formally endorsed his former VP last month and plans to be deeply involved in the campaign to help get #Biden into the White House. “I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do.” He was reported saying to his Alumni team.
The following statement was first reported by Yahoo News, which obtained an audio recording of the call.
“This election that’s coming up — on every level — is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama said. “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life.” A spokesman for #Obama declined to comment or elaborate on the remarks.
Earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr made the decision to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn, Obama weighed in during Friday’s call saying it suggested “the rule of law was at risk” in the United States. It was Obama who warned Trump about Michael Flynn and raised questions about his conduct with Russia.
But #Obama saved his strongest words for the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and its worldview.
“It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty,” Obama said. “It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government.”
He added: “That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.”