Opinion: Why The Founders Could Not Have Devised A Trump-Proof Democracy

Writing in 1782, in the aftermath of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine exclaimed, “We are now really another people.”

What Paine meant, in part, was that the new republican form of government required a new and different kind of person, a new kind of citizen.  People were used to being subjects of the Crown, ruled monarchically through fear and force. So, the fledgling republic devoted to freedom faced the challenge of making liberty and some kind of governmental authority compatible.  As noted historian Gordon Wood has noted, echoing Paine, simply transforming the structure and nature of authority, of government, would not be sufficient: “The people themselves,” he wrote, attempting to capture the sentiment and urgency of the time, “must change as well.” read more

Barack Obama Says He Might Get COVID Vaccine on TV to Increase American Confidence

In an amazing feat, multiple medical companies have created an effective COVID-19 vaccine.  While the treatments can eventually eradicate the pandemic, the worry now is that a number of Americans will fail to get vaccinated.

During a Wednesday appearance on Joe Madison’s Sirius/XM radio show, Barack Obama talked about ways that he might be able to help. The 44th president even said that he would be willing to get the vaccine live on TV in an effort to convince Americans it was safe.

People in the country are leery to get the treatment for a number of different factors including misinformation on Facebook, attacks on Doctors like Anthony Fauci and comments straight from Donald Trump.

Obama told Madison, “I will be taking it and I may take it on TV or have it filmed so people know that I trust this science. What I don’t trust is getting Covid.”

The 44th president also talked about the reason people of color may fear preventative medicine:

“I understand, historically, everything dating back all the way to the Tuskegee experiments and so forth, why the African-American community would have some skepticism. But the fact of the matter is, is that vaccines are why we don’t have polio anymore. And they’re the reason why we don’t have a whole bunch of kids dying from measles, and smallpox and diseases that used to decimate entire populations and communities.”

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Obama Condemns Republicans Who Are Echoing Trump’s Bogus Election Fraud Claims

Obama accuses Trump of being jealous of COVID's media coverage

Former President Barack Obama condemned the actions of Republicans who have echoed President Donald Trump‘s false (and debunked) claims that election fraud helped President-elect Joe Biden win the general election last week. Obama made the comments in an interview with “60 Minutes” that will air in full over the weekend.

“There’s damage to this,” Obama said. “Because what happens is that the peaceful transfer of power — the notion that any of us who attain an elected office, whether it’s dog catcher or president, are servants of the people, it’s a temporary job, we’re not above the rules, we’re not above the law — that’s the essence of our democracy.”

Addressing the president’s allegations of fraud, Obama said Republicans “

obviously didn’t think there was any fraud going on, because they didn’t say anything about it for the first two days” after Election read more

Obama Encourages Voters to “Vote Early” in New Ad

In a new ad, former President Barack Obama encourages Americans to vote–and vote early. The election is just 19 days away.

“Millions of Americans are already voting

. Make sure you stand up and join them,” he says in the ad. “There will always be reasons to think your vote doesn’t matter. That’s not new. What is new is a growing movement for justice, equality and progress on so many issues.” read more

Trump Spends Morning Sharing Conspiracy Theories About Obama

President Donald Trump, who is back in the White House and reportedly suffering side-effects from a steroid used to treat coronavirus patients after testing positive for the virus last week, spent his morning conspiracy theories about his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

Trump’s tweets revived conspiracy theories about the nature of the Russia investigation, namely that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and that Hillary Clinton backed the Obama administration’s attempts to make it appear as if Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

A sampling of the President’s retweets is included below. The rest can be found on his Twitter feed.

The President has spoken about “Obamagate” over the last six months, claiming that Obama and his administration tried to frame him and damage his presidency. This theory alleges that the entire Russia investigation is a hoax and was soon picked up by conspiracy theorists who’ve claimed that there’s a “deep state” of government officials working against Trump to oust him from power.

Each time the President speaks about this, it appears to be an attempt to shift public opinion away from his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday he received significant criticism for halting stimulus negotiations that would have hopefully provided Americans with long-awaited financial relief in the wake of the largest economic crisis the United States has ever faced.

He soon reversed course, however, and earlier this morning he tweeted to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that she should approve a round of stimulus checks for him to sign, a move critics have decried as a transparent attempt to buy votes in the absence of an adequate stimulus package.

Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, Once Fired by Obama Administration, Now Endorses Biden for Presidency

Stanley McChrystal, a retired Army general who was fired by former President Barack Obama after his feelings on administration officials were publicized in a 2010 Rolling Stone article, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency.

Biden “would surround himself with an effective team of good people,” McChrystal said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding that he is “humble enough to listen to experts.”

“I think he would set a tone in which he brings out the best of people,” McChrystal continued. “Again, not everybody will agree with every policy ― nobody ever will ― and that’s healthy in a democracy. But we have to believe in our values. You have to believe that your commander-in-chief, at the end of the day, is someone you can trust. And I can trust Joe Biden.”

You can watch the interview below.

Although Rolling Stone did not quote McChrystal directly, staff members who spoke to the outlet made it clear that McChrystal was not impressed with Obama, Biden, or the administration’s strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I extend my sincerest apology for this profile,” McChrystal said in a written statement after the article was published. “It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome.”

Obama fired McChrystal, though he made it clear he did not do so “out of any sense of personal insult.”

“I don’t think we can sustain that unity of effort and achieve our objectives in Afghanistan without making this change,” he said at the time. read more

Obama Slams California GOP Candidate Who Hinted That He Had His Endorsement

Endorsements can be an extremely powerful thing during election season. They can be especially formidable if they come from someone within the opposite party. This was obvious during the DNC when prominent Republicans like John Kasich, Christine Whitman and Susan Molinari endorsed Joe Biden.

David Valadao was a 3 term Congressman in California’s 21st district who’s run overlapped with Barack Obama’s Presidency.  The Republican is seeking to regain his seat. In a recent campaign ad, Valadao makes it seem like he might have the endorsement of the 44th President.

During the spot, a voiceover reads, “An independent problem solver, (Valadao) worked with President Obama to bring more water to the Central Valley, made health care more accessible, and stood up to his own party to reform immigration and protect Dreamers.

David Valadao didn't work with Obama. In fact he voted to repeal Obamacare and take away healthcare from 60,000 Central Valley residents. Valadao doesn't care about the Valley, he wants to go back to Washington to do Trump's bidding. https://t.co/FWbJmvuE8m read more

Obama Says Biden and Sanders’ Goals Aren’t That Different: They Both Want Healthcare for Everybody

Barack Obama has said there’s little difference between Bernie Sanders’ and Joe Biden’s political goals. The former President pointed to their approach to healthcare among other issues.

Obama spoke to the New Yorker about his former Vice President and the Vermont Senator, drawing a positive contrast between them.

If you look at Joe Biden’s goals and Bernie Sanders’s goals, they’re not that different, from a 40,000ft level,” Obama said. read more

Lindsey Graham Accuses Obama of “Hateful Rhetoric” and Claims Trump Gets Results

Lindsey Graham is blocking coronavirus aid

Lindsey Graham claimed on Thursday that Barack Obama was peddling hate during his speech to the virtual Democratic National Convention. Obama’s speech has been widely praised.

The Republican Senator took to Twitter to make the accusation in what many saw as blatant hypocrisy. Graham has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, whose rhetoric is infamous.

What you saw last night from President Obama was a downward spiral – from ‘Hope’ to ‘Hate,'” Graham wrote.

What you saw last night from President Obama was a downward spiral – from “Hope” to “Hate.”

I hope the American people will look at the results of President @realDonaldTrump on their behalf and not listen to the hateful rhetoric of his predecessor. read more

Pence Brags About Manufacturing Jobs as Trump Calls for Boycott of Goodyear

On Wednesday night, Barack Obama will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Knowing that this oration will be hotly anticipated by many Americans, the Trump administration is focused on attacking the 44th President.

Mike Pence tried to do so on Wednesday by comparing the manufacturing jobs created by Obama to those created by Donald Trump. Ironically, he was doing so on the same day that Trump called for a boycott of American manufacturer, Goodyear.

The Vice President took to Twitter writing:

“Joe Biden and Barack Obama oversaw the loss of 200,000 manufacturing jobs. And in the summer of 2016, Barack Obama actually said that those jobs were never going to come back. He asked, ‘What magic wand do you have?’ We didn’t need a magic wand. We needed President Donald Trump in the White House. 500,000 manufacturing jobs created in three and half years. American manufacturing is coming BACK under President Donald Trump.”

Earlier in the day, upset at a ban on political attire in the workplace, Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear, writing, “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!)”

Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!). read more

Barack Obama: Republicans “Barely Even Pretend” to Have Answers to America’s Problems

Barack Obama has slammed Republicans hours before he’s due to speak at the virtual Democratic National Convention. The former President appears to be preparing to immerse himself in the campaign.

The Biden campaign issued a statement from Obama on Wednesday. He’s due to speak at the convention on Wednesday evening, following Michelle Obama’s blockbuster address on Monday.

Folks, sixteen years ago, the first time I spoke at a Democratic convention, I asked a simple question: Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?” Obama said.

It’s a question that’s more relevant than ever today, as I prepare my speech for this year’s convention. I know the answer, and I think you do, too.”

The statement then moved on to explicit attacks on the Republicans – a possible indication of what Obama’s speech will cover tonight.

“The Republican Party made its choice long ago, and we’re seeing the consequences of it every day,” Obama wrote.

“They have no answers for the COVID-19 pandemic that has stolen the lives of more than 170,000 Americans and shuttered countless businesses — just excuses and blame.”

“They offer

no help for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs read more

Trump Rages at Michelle Obama Following Blockbuster DNC Speech

Trump thinks he is the real victim of the coronavirus

Donald Trump reacted poorly to Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. The President took to Twitter to slam her and her husband.

The former First Lady’s speech to the convention was widely praised for its clear criticisms of the President. Trump’s early morning tweets on Tuesday show he’d seen at least some of it.

Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump wrote.

Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement….. read more

Barack Obama Backs 118 Candidates in Huge Slate of Endorsements

Barack Obama has endorsed a huge number of candidates in upcoming elections across the country. The former president publicly backed 118 people in what’s been described as “the first wave of endorsements.”

Obama backed candidates in 17 states running for federal, statewide and state legislative office, including some familiar faces and Democrats seeking to unseat well-known Republicans.

“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,” Obama said in a statement seen by PoliticusUSA.

“Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans—not just those at the top. ”

“They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that,” he said.

“So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early—by mail or in person.”

Obama is backing Democrats aiming to defeat incumbent Republican senators.

Among these endorsements are Maine’s Sara Gideon, who’s trying to beat Republican Senator Susan Collins, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper who faces Senator Cory Gardner and

South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison read more

Trump Falsely Claims His Approval Is “Higher Than Obama at This Point in Time”

Donald Trump claimed on Monday that he has a higher approval rating than Barack Obama had at this point in his presidency. The President is relying on a friendly pollster.

Trump pointed to numbers from Rasmussen – a favorite pollster of his that typically skews to the right and has been widely criticized by other prominent polling organizations.

“96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. 50% in new Rasmussen Poll (higher than Obama at this point in time). Thank you!” he tweeted.

96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. 50% in new Rasmussen Poll (higher than Obama at this point in time). Thank you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

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Opinion: Obama Resurrects Hope In His Eulogy to John Lewis

During this past week many of us mourned the loss of John Lewis and the kind of greatness he had.  The iconic civil rights leader was a man who refused to give up or give in after being beaten within an inch of his life.  Those who knew him described him as someone you just had to love. Even Moscow Mitch had to take a moment to speak well of John Lewis. read more