Obama Raises $11 Million for Biden: I Trust Him “To Heal This Country”

Barack Obama and Joe Biden raised a record-breaking $11 million with a virtual fundraiser on Tuesday. It’s the largest single amount raised by a campaign event so far.

The event brought in $7.6 million from around 175,000 grassroots donors and a further $3.4 million from part of the event aimed at private donors. This makes it the former Vice President’s most successful fundraiser yet. read more

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary on Trump: “At Least He Hasn’t Started Any New Wars”

A former Secretary of Defense offered faint praise of Donald Trump over the weekend. Robert Gates pointed to the President’s success in not starting any wars over the last four years.

Gates served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He’s also previously spoken critically of Vice President Joe Biden. He told Meet the Press on Sunday that Trump had had some success. read more

McConnell Says “Classless” Obama Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized former President Barack Obama after news outlets obtained a tape of a web talk between the former president and members of the Obama Alumni Association in which he said the “rule of law is at risk” in the United States after it emerged the Justice Department dismissed the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. read more

Trump Launches into “Obamagate” Conspiracy Theory After Obama Criticizes Dismissal of Flynn Case

President Donald Trump attacked former President Barack Obama, launching into an “Obamagate” conspiracy after news outlets obtained a tape of a web talk between the former president and members of the Obama Alumni Association in which he said the “rule of law is at risk” in the United States after it emerged the Justice Department dismissed the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. read more

Opinion: Obama’s Endorsement Challenges Biden, Re-Imagines Presidency for the Future

Last Tuesday, former President Barack Obama gave his much-anticipated endorsement of his former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. 

The endorsement was expected, of course, despite the wait Obama imposed, which seemed likely attributable to his preference to time his speech in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ own endorsement of Biden, creating a crescendo effect. read more

Michelle Obama Will Help Deliver “One-Two Punch” for Joe Biden

Michelle Obama will join Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to help him appeal to a broad swathe of Democratic voters. The former First Lady’s campaign rollout is expected soon.

Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, will deliver a “one-two punch” for Biden, according to commentators. She is even more popular than her husband among Democrats.

“This week was President Obama’s moment to enter the campaign,” an Obama aide told The Hill newspaper. read more

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Joe Biden for President

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has officially endorsed former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign for the presidency.

“Empathy matters. And, in this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government,” Warren says.

“Joe Biden has spent nearly his entire life in public service. He knows that a government run with integrity, competence, and heart will save lives and save livelihoods. And we can’t afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American.”

“That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden as president of the United States,” she added.

In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse @JoeBiden as President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/VrfBtJvFee read more

Opinion: By Trump’s Own Standards, His COVID-19 Response Is A ‘Full Scale Disaster’

Most Americans by now agree that President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been disastrous, or at the very least, sorely lacking.

A majority, 51 percent, disapprove of the response his administration has had in handling the spread of the disease in the U.S., with 46 percent approving, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

In other polls, Trump saw an increase in his approval rating on the issue in mid-March, but those numbers have dipped as people start to realize this president is in way over his head on the issue.

There are many ways to measure a president’s success rate (or failure rate, for that matter) when it comes to how they react to a crisis. But by Trump’s own standards, he’s been a failure.

Trump has tried to compare himself to his predecessor on many occasions during his tenure, and coronavirus is no different. Early in March, the current president tried to say former President Barack Obama had done a worse job than him in dealing with a similar crisis in 2009 — the H1N1 pandemic, otherwise known as Swine Flu.

On March 13, Trump described Obama’s (and by proxy, former Vice President Joe Biden’s) response to that disease as a “full scale disaster” due to thousands who died of the disease. More recently on April 7, Trump described how 17,000 deaths from Swine Flu was a “debacle” for the previous administration.

Those numbers, it should be pointed out, are inaccurate: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that only about 12,500 Americans died of the Swine Flu, not 17,000.

Most Americans, too, gave Obama good marks on his administration’s response to the disease — six months after the pandemic reached the U.S., nearly 6-in-10 Americans said they approved of how the Obama White House handled things.

The current president does himself no favors by bringing up Obama’s response, particularly because the American people were, for the most part, happy with it, and are currently unhappy with Trump’s. Additionally, if the standard for a “debacle” of a response is the number of deaths that have occurred, Trump has admitted he has done poorly in his own crisis.

Over 20,000 Americans have so far died of coronavirus, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. That number is expected to triple by the end of August — and that estimate is only if social distancing measures remain in place until that time.

On Feb 26, @realDonaldTrump bragged we only had 15 cases and we were "going to be down close to zero soon."

On April 12, we have 530,000+ cases and 20,600+ deaths.

For months, Trump lied and downplayed this crisis and cost us valuable time – and lives.pic.twitter.com/MoFd8QiCs9 read more