Former President Barack Obama took the stage at the South Philadelphia sports complex on Wednesday (October 21), in what was his first in-person campaign appearance forJoe Biden and Kamala Harris. There, he delivered a searing speech that called out many actions of President Donald Trump's administration.
In his speech, Obama discussed key ballot issues, while also making a personal appeal to voters to consider what life might be without Donald Trump as president. "With Joe [Biden] and Kamala [Harris] at the helm, you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day," he told the audience, later adding “it just won't be so exhausting.”
The former commander-in-chief also brought up Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that his team “literally left this White House a pandemic playbook,” adding, “They probably used it to, I don’t know, hold up a wobbly table somewhere.”
44 went on to discuss the Republican party’s attempt to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, slamming the party’s effort to decrease healthcare coverage during a pandemic, “What is the logic of that?” he asked, “There is no logic.”
Obama ended his speech by encouraging voters to get out to the polls. In his appeal, he refuted ideas that voting does not “make a difference,” stating, “We don’t know because usually no more than half the people who could be voting, vote.”
The former president is expected to continue making appearances virtually and in-person as the countdown to the election winds down. The final presidential debate is set to take place on Thursday (October 22).
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