In Orlando, Barack Obama accuses Donald Trump of incompetence and disinterest
Screenshot from livestream from Joe Biden campaign.

Barack Obama
"He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends."

Former President Barack Obama assailed President Donald Trump as incompetent and disinterested in the job of national leadership Tuesday, telling Orlando ralliers Trump never took the job seriously.

The most recent Democratic President also took up the cause of electing his former Vice President Joe Biden during a Tuesday afternoon speech to a car rally outside Camping World Stadium.

Obama, however, spent much of his 39-minute speech painting his successor as someone not up to the task and not caring to do the work necessary, while instead sowing  division, anger, and racial animosity at home and disrespect abroad.

“I didn’t think Donald Trump would embrace my vision or my policies, but I did hope for the country’s sake that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously. But he didn’t,” Obama said.

“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show that can give him the attention that he craves,” Obama continued. “And he does crave attention.”

He praised Biden’s character and offered his own accomplishments and record as President, serving alongside then-Vice President Biden. Obama charged that Trump takes false credit for things initiated under Obama and Biden and refuses to take responsibility for emerging problems from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic collapse, or from rising levels of racist activity or threats from Russia.

Obama blasted Trump for mocking, in his recent speeches, the media’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage!” Obama said. “If he had been focused on COVID from the beginning, cases wouldn’t be reaching new record highs across the country this week.

“If he were focused on COVID now, the White House wouldn’t be having its second outbreak in a month. The White House? Let me say this. I lived in the White House for a while. You know, it’s a controlled environment. You can take some preventive measures in the White House to avoid getting sick. Except this guy can’t seem to do it,” Obama said. “He’s turned the White House into a hot zone. Some of the places he holds rallies we see spikes right after he leaves town.”

Obama said the Trump White House has “completely screwed this thing up.”

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“Listen, winter is coming. They’re waiving the white flag of surrender,” he said. “We can’t afford four more years of this. That’s why we’ve got to send Joe Biden to the White House. Because we cannot afford this kind of incompetence and disinterest.”

Trump Victory spokesperson Emma Vaughn dismissed Obama’s appearance as insignificant.

“With more than 22 million direct voter contacts in Florida alone, Trump Victory’s permanent, data-driven ground game cannot be matched by Joe Biden’s anemic efforts in the Sunshine State. Sending Barack Obama to stump for Biden for the second time in one week won’t make a dent in the advantage we’ve built thanks to our field army and frequent visits from President Trump and his family,” Vaughn said.

Obama praised Biden as someone who will take the coronavirus crisis and economic needs seriously.

“Joe takes this seriously,” Obama said. “He’s not going to screw up testing. He’s not going to call scientists idiots. He’s not going to host super spread events in the White House and then take it on a tour all across the country.

“He believes everybody is important. And that empathy, that decency, that belief in other people, that’s who Joe is. And that’s who he’ll be. I can tell you the presidency does not change who you are. It reveals who you are,” Obama said.

He credited Biden with making him a better President.

And Obama took a few minutes to defend the record of his own administration, which he called the Obama-Biden administration. He argued that it was their administration that turned the economy around and began the nation’s longest stretch of prosperity, which only ended this year under Trump. He said their administration created 1.5 million more jobs in their last three years than Trump’s administration did in its first three. “That’s a fact! Look it up!” he challenged.

He pointed out that if Trump’s tenure ends in January he will be the first President since Herbert Hoover, who oversaw the start of the Great Depression in 1929, to oversee an American economy that lost jobs during his reign.

“Speaking of health care by the way, you may have noticed, Republicans love saying right before an election how they’re going to protect people who have pre-existing conditions. Have you noticed that? Well you know what? Joe and I actually protected them, 10 years ago, with the Affordable Care Act,” Obama said.

Obama flatly accused Trump of having no plan to replace his Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court strikes it down, as Trump is requesting.

“Tweeting at the TV doesn’t fix things. Watching TV all day doesn’t fix things. Making things up doesn’t fix things. You’ve got to have a plan if you want to make peoples’ lives better. You’ve got to do the work if you want to make peoples’ lives better,” Obama said.

Obama also played a little baseball favoritism in Florida, probably figuring Biden already has the Los Angeles vote in the bag. He noted that the last time the Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series was in 2008, when “Florida sent me to the White House.”

“They fell a little bit short,” Obama recalled, noting how Tampa Bay lost to the Philadelphia Phillies.

“Over the next couple of weeks, Florida, you’ve got the chance to fix two mistakes. You’ve got the chance to set two things right. You can bring a World Series championship to the Sunshine State and you can send Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 27, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Smack him Obama! The worst thing the trumper is trying to do is destroy health care and pre-existing coverage ! Trump
    Is forcing death hunger and hate on folks. Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the common good !

  • LINDIESUE

    October 27, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Have witnessed Biden sniff, rub, kiss the hair of very young girls. Have witnessed him whisper in their ears. He told a group of Jamaican young girls in Miami that “You can dance for me in 4 years” just a couple of weeks ago. He said that he allowed children to rub his hairy legs in public pools. He has said he loves it when children sit in his lap. He is a racist. He and the Dems use people of color and promise them the moon and the stars every election cycle, but NEVER keep their promises. The LEFT have called my conservative biracial sons tokens, traitors to their race, not black enough. How proud you must be liberal women voting for Biden.
    At a fundraiser, Joe Biden pulled a Joe Biden, stirring up controversy after speaking off the cuff about his fond memories of working alongside segregationist senators
    May 2020: “You ain’t black.”
    In an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” the presumptive Democratic nominee told host Charlamagne tha God, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” before defending his record with the black community.
    August 2019: “Poor kids” just as bright as “white kids”
    At a campaign event in Iowa, Biden told supporters “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” He quickly corrected himself after some applause by adding: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
    June 2019: “The kid wearing a hoodie.”
    While discussing the need for criminal justice reform at a luncheon last year, Biden said “We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said. Biden quickly drew criticism for his use of the word “gangbanger.” Former presidential candidate Cory Booker said Biden “needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”
    August 2012: “Put y’all back in chains”
    Then-Vice President Biden told a Virginia audience (NAACP) that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financial regulation lifts would “put y’all back in chains.”
    “He said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules,” Biden said. “Unchain Wall Street! They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”
    February 2007:
    Biden, while running for the 2008 presidency, issued what he thought was praise of then-Senator Barack Obama, saying he was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
    2006: “You can’t go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent”
    July 2020: Biden sparked controversy across social media on Wednesday after a preview clip from the interview (black host) showed a separate tense exchange with CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett on whether the former VP has taken a cognitive test. “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man. That’s like saying you, before you (the host) got on this program, you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?” Biden told Barnett, who is Black.
    Biden accusing a black man of being a junkie is the latest in the ugly racist stereotypes Biden’s trafficked in during this campaign.
    August 2020: Biden responded. “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
    September 2020 Biden: “The reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home was because some black woman was able to stock the grocery shelf.”
    Not to mention the spying by the Obama/Biden Administration. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified documents (John Brennan’s personal notes) that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported “plan” to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server” ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Fox News has learned.
    Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pled guilty to making a false statement which is just the beginning of the fallout from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation. Clinesmith a “corrupt FBI attorney,” was part of former FBI Director James Comey’s “very corrupt FBI.””That’s just the beginning, You’ll be hearing more.”The Department of Justice charging document states that Clinesmith “did willfully and knowingly make and use a false writing and document, knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and entry in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the Government of the United States.”
    To date, dozens of FBI/DOJ officials have been fired/demoted/resigned confirms that the swamp is being drained!!!! Much ink has been spilled in detailing the machinations of Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and Lisa Page, as well as other former DOJ officials such as Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, and Bruce Ohr. Shockingly, Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for the Clinton-financed Fusion GPS—the firm behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.Thanks to three brave Americans, we now know that Joe Biden has long misled the public about his involvement with his family’s foreign business entanglements while he served as vice president. At considerable personal risk, former Biden family business partners Tony Bobulinski and Bevan Cooney, and computer shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, have come forward with tens of thousands of primary-source documents — internal corporate records, emails, and text messages — detailing years of business dealings that centered on trading on the Biden name. This material suggests that, despite Joe Biden’s insistence that he knew nothing about his family’s business deals, he was well aware of his son Hunter Biden’s business ventures in China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. These new troves constitute hard evidence of Biden family corruption, and confirm our reporting dating back to our 2018 book “Secret Empires.”
    How about the Biden family pay for play scandal? Thanks to three brave Americans, we now know that Joe Biden has long misled the public about his involvement with his family’s foreign business entanglements while he served as vice president. At considerable personal risk, former Biden family business partners Tony Bobulinski and Bevan Cooney, and computer shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, have come forward with tens of thousands of primary-source documents — internal corporate records, emails, and text messages — detailing years of business dealings that centered on trading on the Biden name. This material suggests that, despite Joe Biden’s insistence that he knew nothing about his family’s business deals, he was well aware of his son Hunter Biden’s business ventures in China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. These new troves constitute hard evidence of Biden family corruption, and confirm our reporting dating back to our 2018 book “Secret Empires.”

    The therapeutic Trump was given when at Walter Reed did not exist prior to COVID. It exists as a result of the President’s efforts to expedite (Operation Warp Speed) therapeutics, vaccines, ventilators, masks, tests and on (there were none as a result of the Obama/Biden Administration who let the stockpile dwindle.) Under Obama/Biden, over 60,000,000 Americans were infected with H1N1. Per Biden’s Chief of Staff: The snafu was the first of many scrambles and setbacks by the Obama administration in its initial response to the swine flu. POLITICO interviewed almost two dozen people, including administration officials, members of Congress and outsiders who contended with the administration’s response, and they described a litany of sadly familiar obstacles: vaccine shortfalls, fights over funding and sometimes contradictory messaging.”
    “It is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history,” Ron Klain, who was Biden’s chief of staff at the time, said of H1N1 in 2019. “It had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck.”
    The same therapeutic that helped Trump he is now working on expediting its availability to the public.
    In his February 4th State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to “take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from the virus.” Nancy Pelosi then ripped up the Address in front of the world. The President: Took early action to cut off travel from China and eventually Europe, which saved millions of lives; Built the world’s leading testing system from nothing (more than 65 million); Enacted mitigation measures to slow the spread; Mobilized public and private sectors to secure needed supplies; Took action to protect vulnerable Americans; Launched effort to deliver a vaccine and therapeutics in record time; Provided support to workers and businesses; Paved way for reopening to get America working again; Surged resources to hot spots as they arose.
    In order to secure the supplies (PPE/ Masks/ventilators/handsanitizer/testing supplies urging private companies to produce them) needed to confront the surge in coronavirus we faced, President Trump led the largest mobilization of public and private sector resources since WWII.President Trump has acted under the Defense Production Act more than 30 times to ensure we have the supplies we need. When we faced a potentially catastrophic shortage of ventilators, President Trump took action to produce 100,000 ventilators and ensure no patient who needs one goes without a ventilator. President Trump moved swiftly to protect vulnerable communities.The Administration is investing approximately $2 billion in community health centers, helping their 28 million patients in medically underserved areas receive the care and testing they need.
    Early in the fight against the virus, President Trump launched a historic effort to develop a vaccine and therapeutics in record time.
    President Trump responded to the devastating toll the virus took on our businesses and workers and secured unprecedented financial support – through PPP, stimulus payments, tax relief to workers, unemployment benefits, student debt relief, prevented evictions or foreclosure.The President has provided support to states facing new emergences of the virus, including surging testing sites, deploying medical personnel, and advising on mitigation strategies.

  • Ronald Hoffman

    October 29, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Great post about the Democrat party confederate apologist JOE BIDEN thank you! The smugness was thick when JOE said he didn’t want his kids to go to an integrated jungle school. This is a FRAUD who was a very close friend with an unapologetic Grand Dragon of the West Virginia KU KLUX KLAN, Sen. Robert Byrd. Robert Byrd who liked to use the N word in public and on tape!

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