Obama rips Trump, GOP in 'state of our democracy' speech

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The address comes as the former president and first lady delicately re-enter the political fray ahead of the midterm elections, a move filled with peril and opportunity as the most powerful duo in Democratic politics test whether they can help handicap Trump's presidency without also motivating his supporters to the polls. "Now, the former president is determined they never get them back!"

Speaking in North Dakota, Trump didn't have a substantial rebuttal to Obama's speech-only juvenile insults.

"It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say that we don't target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray", Obama said.

"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", Obama told the audience.

As for voting, Obama criticized the fact that people usually vote for their favorite party instead of for the country.

"By the time I left office, household income was near its all-time high, and the uninsured rate hit an all-time low, poverty rates were falling", Obama said. "I found he is very good, very good for sleeping".

Former President Barack Obama says the USA needs to restore "honesty and decency" in government.

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Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets.

Mr Obama will hit the campaign trail tomorrow, appearing at a campaign event in Southern California before heading to OH next week and to IL and Pennsylvania later in the month. "He's just capitalising on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years".

Private Citizen Obama came out swinging, offering a rallying cry to the #resistance for the upcoming midterm elections, and condemning the toxicity of this so-called conservatism ruling in Washington. His advisers say it's a preview of the case he'll make throughout the fall campaign season. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.

I would not be surprised if Obama - as long as he is in IL - does some campaigning with Democratic governor nominee J.B. Pritzker.

This Downstate Illinois turf is familiar to Obama from his 2004 Senate race and his 2008 and 2012 presidential runs. Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in IL.

President Barack Obama has extensively criticized Trump, including his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his attempts to corruptly influence the Justice Department, while defending his own legacy.

Comedian Kathy Griffin summed up the celebrity sentiment over Obama's speech succinctly, saying, "I love him". Next week, he'll return to the campaign trail in OH to campaign for Richard Cordray and other Democrats.

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