Saturday night, former president Barack Obama demonstrated why he is considered one of the best presidents of our time.
In his first major national address since the coronavirus pandemic began, former President Barack Obama delivered a commencement speech to graduates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) Saturday. And much of his advice encouraging students to become leaders doubled as an indictment of the Trump administration’s management of the pandemic.“More than anything, this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said in a video streamed online as part of the “Show Me Your Walk H.B.C.U. Edition” virtual commencement. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”On the whole, Obama struck his signature tone of calm and measured optimism, and used the country’s current economic and public health crises as springboards for discussing his usual political themes, including the importance of community organizing and finding common ground outside of comfort zones. And he also emphasized the unique injustices faced by young black people like Ahmaud Arbery at a time when some political leaders are arguing that coronavirus is an equalizer of sorts.
Obama's speech and those specific words are significant in many ways. It reminded a lot of us what we gave up when Trump was elected - a calm, high intelligent, rationale leader who always optimistically put his country first instead of the selfish, incompetent fool who now stains the Oval Office. Obama was also sending a message that he isn't the least bit worried about how Trump and his allies have been falsely portraying him as the mastermind of an illegal plot to under Trump's Administration. Lastly, it was a specific reminder to Trump that no matter what happens, how his poor response to the coronavirus led to the wrecking of our economy and the deaths of over 90,000 (and counting) Americans will never be forgotten.
Since Obama's comments Saturday night, Trump and his supporters have tried (and failed) to voice suitable comebacks. Fox News personalities accused Obama of being partisan and "not that articulate."
Trump himself has accused Obama of being a "grossly incompetent president" who oversaw a "corrupt administration."