President Obama spoke at a rally in support of Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton today. The candidate herself was taking the day off as she recovers with a bout with pneumonia. That didn’t stop a huge crowd from showing up to see the President speak in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our democracy.
Obama gave what is probably his harshest criticisms of GOP nominee Donald Trump throughout the speech, calling him ‘unfit in any way shape and form’ to be President and Commander in Chief.’
Unlike Trump, however, Obama went into specifics. A lot of them …
‘You don’t grade the Presidency on a curve. This is serious business. And when we see folks talking about transparency — you wanna debate transparency? You got one candidate in this race who has released decades worth of tax returns. The other candidate is the first in decades who refuses to release any and all.’
‘You wanna debate foundations and charities? One candidate’s family foundation has saved countless lives around the world. the other candidate’s foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then bought a six-foot-tall painting of himself. He had the taste not to go for the 10 foot version but (laughs) …’
But wait, there’s more …
‘You wanna debate who’s more fit to be our President? One candidate has traveled to more countries than any Secretary of State ever has — has more qualifications than pretty much any person who has ever run for this job. And one candidate who isn’t fit in every way, shape, and form to represent this country abroad and be its commander in chief.’
Obama then turned and used the examples of things the MSM have pretty much swallowed in a ‘hook, line and sinker’ fashion and allowed Trump to allow a ‘false equivalency’ to develop between the candidates. Obama blamed hyper-partisanship and media laziness in challenging him. As an example, Obama pointed out Trump’s claims about being against the war in Iraq when there are clear examples of him not being against it before 2004 — when many ‘turned’ against the war as it lost popularity.
He also pointed out that Trump says stuff almost every day that would normally be considered a disqualifying thing to be President. He then pointed out how the media just accepts his words and simply get worn out to challenge Trump.
‘We cannot afford suddenly to treat this like a reality show. We can’t afford to act as if there is some equivalence here. To be President you have to do your homework and you have to know what you are talking about. You gotta apply steady judgement even when things don’t go your way. You gotta make tough calls even when they are not popular. Even when they take years to pay off. And you gotta be able to handle criticism without taking it personally — just brush it off and get the job done.’
Obama also spoke about how Clinton has been ‘under the microscope’ for 40 years and has been under more scrutiny and unfair criticism than anyone. He spoke of her willingness and desire to help people and to get the job done even in the face of such things.
Obama (and many Americans) would like to see the media actually return to the ‘old normal’ when words and deeds mattered and one candidate wasn’t able to use his showmanship skills to numb the media into the awful coverage it has where she is subjected to micro-scrutiny for everything, even things that don’t matter (like criticisms that she didn’t smile enough at the forum held last week by NBC News) and the other gets to make up whatever he feels like that day and avoid whatever he doesn’t feel like dealing with — ever.
Check out Obama’s fiery speech in the clip below;
Featured image via screen capture from youtube.com