Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear'

Obama urges voters to mobilise against the 'politics of fear'

"This moment really is different", Obama said.

Jedediah Bila said this was a reminder of the "professorial" lecturing from Obama that people got exhausted of contrasted with how Trump "speaks with people". "Where there's a vacuum in our democracy, when we are not participating, we're not paying attention, when we're not stepping up - other voices fill the void".

The former USA president has been back on the campaign trail as he bids to help fellow Democrats regain control of the House in November.

Saturday's rally was Obama's second campaign stop in a string of several planned appearances that Democrats hope will energize voters in an effort to flip 23 seats to take control of the House of Representatives. Last month, he endorsed nearly 100 Democratic candidates across the country.

But in his Friday comments at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, the kickoff to his midterm campaign tour, Obama took a new tack, delivering a fiery speech reminiscent of the energetic oratory he used to deliver while campaigning himself.

Former US president Barack Obama has launched a strong critique of his successor Donald Trump, calling him "the symptom, not the cause" of division and polarisation in the United States. Fox released an excerpt on Saturday.

"If it does happen, it's your fault, because you didn't go out to vote". People are exhausted of corruption.

To bring his speech home, Obama called on people, regardless of party affiliation, to be properly offended by the rise of white supremacy. "That's on the ballot".

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Obama acknowledged positive things had emerged from what he deemed the current "political darkness", like the activism of the students from Parkland High School, the surge of female candidates and the Me Too movement.

Although Obama did not refer to the president by name, his intent was clear.

Barack Obama's post-presidential retreat into the private world seems to be over.

An Anaheim fire official at the scene estimated the standing-room-only crowd at the invite-only event in the convention center ballroom around 800 people.

For the start of his support tour, Mr. Obama chose a part of the nation, Orange County, rich in political symbolism.

Obama also said that the message would not just be focused on die-hard Democrats. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

His prescription, he said, was "when each of us as citizens say we are going to take it upon ourselves to do it differently". [LAUGH] Sometimes I'll be in my office and I'm doing my work and I'll see this, her like scurrying, And I gotta get up and run before she does her thing.

"The status quo pushes back", he said.

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