Barack Obama will slam the president at the DNC: ‘Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t’


Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally for Richard Cordray, Democratic nominee for governor of Ohio, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ship a searing critique of his successor, President Donald Trump, throughout his keynote tackle Wednesday night time on the digital Democratic Nationwide Conference. 

Obama shall be talking dwell from Philadelphia, the place he may even describe why his former vp, Joe Biden, is the appropriate man for the White Home.

The Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Obama’s remarks from CNBC.

Beneath are excerpts of Obama’s speech, which have been launched on Wednesday afternoon:

“I’ve sat within the Oval Workplace with each of the lads who’re working for president. I by no means anticipated that my successor would embrace my imaginative and prescient or proceed my insurance policies. I did hope, for the sake of our nation, that Donald Trump may present some curiosity in taking the job significantly; that he may come to really feel the burden of the workplace and uncover some reverence for the democracy that had been positioned in his care.

“However he by no means did. He is proven no real interest in placing within the work; no real interest in discovering frequent floor; no real interest in utilizing the superior energy of his workplace to assist anybody however himself and his associates; no real interest in treating the presidency as something however yet another actuality present that he can use to get the eye he craves.

“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job as a result of he cannot. And the results of that failure are extreme. 170,000 Individuals useless. Tens of millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud popularity all over the world badly diminished, and our democratic establishments threatened like by no means earlier than.

“I am properly conscious that in occasions as polarized as these, most of you could have already made up your thoughts. However possibly you are still undecided which candidate you will vote for – or whether or not you will vote in any respect. Perhaps you are uninterested in the path we’re headed, however you’ll be able to’t but see a greater path, otherwise you simply do not know sufficient about the one that desires to steer us there.

“So let me let you know about my buddy Joe Biden.

“Twelve years in the past, after I started my seek for a vp, I did not know I might find yourself discovering a brother. Joe and I got here from completely different locations and completely different generations. However what I shortly got here to admire about him is his resilience, born of an excessive amount of wrestle; his empathy, born of an excessive amount of grief. Joe’s a person who realized early on to deal with each individual he meets with respect and dignity, residing by the phrases his mother and father taught him: ‘Nobody’s higher than you, however you are higher than no one.'”


“Over eight years, Joe was the final one within the room at any time when I confronted an enormous choice. He made me a greater president. He is obtained the character and the expertise to make us a greater nation.”


“Tonight, I’m asking you to consider in Joe and Kamala’s capability to steer this nation out of darkish occasions and construct it again higher. However here is the factor: no single American can repair this nation alone. Democracy was by no means meant to be transactional – you give me your vote; I make the whole lot higher. So I’m additionally asking you to consider in your individual capability – to embrace your individual accountability as residents – to make it possible for the fundamental tenets of our democracy endure. As a result of that is what at stake proper now. Our democracy.”


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