Former President Barack Obama has joined the final push before the midterms, campaigning for Democrats in these last two weeks before the people decide.
He was in Georgia Friday night to try and boost the prospects of Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams. His speech predictably put former President Donald Trump at the forefront of his rhetoric, mocking the GOP candidates for their loyalty to him.
The former president clearly has oodles of contempt for Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
“Just about every Republican politician seems obsessed with two things: owning the libs and getting Donald Trump’s approval,” he proclaimed to a large audience at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Georgia.
“It’s not complicated. And, at least to me, it’s not very inspiring.”
“If enough of us make our voices heard, I promise you things will get better.” – President @BarackObama
It’s our time, Georgia. Vote early to elect Democrats up and down the ballot to build a state that is more fair, more just, more equal and more free. https://t.co/F9J3IpjwQ0 pic.twitter.com/s7mAjLHqNu
— Team Abrams (@TeamAbrams) October 29, 2022
Obama’s antipathy towards Walker appears to be a common sentiment in Democratic circles. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was caught on a hot mic this week saying he couldn’t imagine Georgians voting for Walker.
CHUCK SCHUMER ON HOT MIC: The state where we’re going downhill is Georgia. It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker. pic.twitter.com/Ybg0uIe0VQ
— D. Scott @eclipsethis2003 (@eclipsethis2003) October 27, 2022
The pair of racist black candidates must have loved having the first black president at a campaign event for them.
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) October 29, 2022
One Twitter user analyzed the need for Obama’s appearance to prop up an incumbent senator:
Well that’s not good. When you have to bring in a rich has been, things can’t be going well.
— Robert (@RobertJohn1427) October 29, 2022
Another just laughed off the appearance.
He can’t save you🤣😂🤣😂
— RS5_1 (@RAMFIN477) October 29, 2022
Warnock is not where he hoped to be at this late date, down a few points to his mild-mannered opponent in the last few polls.
The citizens of Georgia appear poised to give Abrams a thumping to exceed her 50,000-vote loss in 2018. She is down 7 to 10 points in the polls to incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
“Put down your phone and give TikTok a rest and vote,” Obama condescended to the crowd. He proceeded to hammer on the former Georgia football legend.
Obama claimed that there is “very little evidence that [Walker] has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about, or displayed any kind of inclination toward public service, or volunteer work or helping people in any way… Seems to me he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician. And we’ve seen how that goes. We’ve seen that before.”
He laughed when he said it, but he is right. Two of the most impressive and successful presidents in the last 40 years had been celebrities – Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
“There are a lot of young people here,” Obama said. “Some of you may not remember, but Herschel Walker was a heck of a football player. But here’s the question, does that make him the best person to represent you in the U.S. Senate? Does that make him equipped to weigh in on the critical decisions about our economy and our foreign policy and our future?”
“Let’s say you’re at the airport and you see Mr. Walker and you say, ‘Hey, there’s Herschel Walker, Heisman winner, let’s have him fly the plane!’ You probably wouldn’t say that. You’d probably want to know, does he know how to fly an airplane?”
Interesting point, and a good reminder of 2008 when the Democrats ran an inexperienced candidate for president. What were Obama’s qualifications? Community organizing and two years of doing nothing as a senator? Did anyone ask him if he knew how to fly a plane? And what, by the way, qualifies Raphael Warnock to be a senator?
Who knew that politics required special skills like pilots have? If that analogy were not enough for his dimwitted audience, he made another lame analogy.
“That Walker guy, he sure could tear him up at Sanford Stadium, give him a scalpel,” Obama mocked ineffectively.
Then, with playful false humility, Obama turned the tables on himself.
“And by the way the opposite is true too, you may have liked me as president, but you would not want me starting as tailback for the Dogs?” Obama continued. “Can you imagine my slow, old, skinny behind getting hit by some 300-pound defensive tackle? You’d have to scrape me off the field.”
The former president really stuck it to Walker for pulling out what was being called a “fake police badge” at a recent debate with Warnock. It was actually an honorary sheriff’s badge that he used to show he was a supporter of law enforcement.
Asking which candidate is more likely to keep Georgia families safe, Obama mused, “Is it someone who carries around a phony badge and says he’s law enforcement? Like he’s a kid playing cops and robbers.”
Returning to Walker’s supposed fealty to Donald Trump, Obama said, “If a candidate’s main qualification is that he’s going to be loyal to Donald Trump, it means that he’s not going to be really thinking about you. Georgia, you deserve better.”
It wouldn’t be a rally for Democrats if there was no complaint about election deniers. His audience probably didn’t know that Obama ran for Congress unsuccessfully, prior to his meteoric rise. He lost by 30 points.
Warning – virtue signaling ahead.
“I didn’t claim the election was rigged. I didn’t try and stop votes from getting counted. I didn’t incite a mob to storm the Capitol. I took my lumps. I figured out why my campaign didn’t connect to voters,” Obama said. “And by the way, I won the next time. Because that’s how our system works.”
“But right now with a few notable exceptions, most of the GOP and a whole bunch of these candidates are not even pretending that the rules apply to them anymore,” he said.
To his credit, Obama didn’t ignore inflation, saying it is a “real problem” but contended that Democrats should not be held accountable.
“It’s one of the legacies of the pandemic,” he claimed. “And then you have a war in Ukraine is not only engaging in incredible cruelty to the people of Ukraine, it also sent energy prices through the roof.”
He didn’t mention whose fault that war is.
And then, Obama’s favorite topic: tax cuts for the rich.
“That’s their answer to everything. When inflation is low, let’s cut taxes. When unemployment’s high, gotta cut taxes. If there was an asteroid headed to earth. They would all get in a room and say, you know what we need, we need tax cuts for the wealthy.”
Obama says that Democrats, on the other hand, have “serious answers to serious problems.”
“Violent crime has gone up over the last seven years, not just the last two, not just in liberal states but in conservative, rural states too. That’s a serious problem,” he said. “Who will fight to keep you and your family safe? The Republican politicians who want to flood our streets with more guns? Who actually voted against more resources for our police departments?”
“If they get control of Congress, they’ll spend the next two years investigating their political opponents. Now how’s that going to help you pay the bills?” asked the champion of endless investigations and persecutions of his predecessor.
“Or do you stand a better chance with President Biden and Democratic leaders who have worked together, sometimes with Republicans, to pass an infrastructure bill that will create new jobs, who’ve made healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable, who’ve made the single largest investment ever in the fight against a warming planet.”
Apparently, he thinks those are the serious answers to serious problems. Bizarre.
Abortion was also on the menu, of course, as always.
“We should all agree that women everywhere should be able to control, have a say, in what happens to their own bodies.”
While President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris can’t draw a crowd, nearly six years after leaving office, the former president still can.
— Josh McLaurin (@JoshforGeorgia) October 28, 2022
Obama appears ready to fight for candidates who seem to be on a collision course with defeat. He made a video for North Carolina Senate candidate Cheri Beasley and another for Florida Senate hopeful Val Demings. Incredibly, He also appeared in person for struggling Pennsylvania Senate hopeful, John Fetterman.
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