Speaking at a campaign rally for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Philadelphia this week, former president Barack Obama has accused his successor Donald Trump of being ‘incapable of taking the job seriously’, as well as criticizing the Trump administration for its handling of the pandemic.
Obama was talking a day ahead of the final presidential debate between Biden and Trump and within two weeks of Election Day on November 3. The two-term president urged those attending the rally in Pennsylvania, a swing state in the upcoming election, to look at how the Trump administration has behaved since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and do what is right for the country going forward.
“I’ve sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president. And they are very different people. I explained that I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my policies but I did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously, but it hasn’t happened,” Obama told onlookers during the drive-in rally in Philadelphia.
“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention. And by the way, even then his TV ratings are down. So you know that upsets him.
“But the thing is, this is not a reality show, this is reality. And the rest of us have had to live with the consequences of him proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously. At least 220,000 Americans have died. More than 100,000 small businesses have closed. Millions of jobs are gone. Our proud reputation around the world is in tatters,” Obama said.
Obama was harsh throughout the event on how Trump has dealt with the coronavirus crisis that has impacted the US with particular cruelty. No country in the world has more cases than the US and top scientists are predicting a surge as we enter the winter months. During the rally, Obama highlighted the importance of the issue of Covid and the impact it is having on the world and country and added that it was perhaps the most important topic in the upcoming election.
Speaking at a rally on the same day, President Trump accused Democrats of talking about Covid-19 too much and making it too big of an issue in their election campaign.
“Presidents up for re-election usually ask if the country is better off than it was four years ago. I’ll tell you one thing, four years ago you’d be tailgating here at the Lincoln instead of watching a speech from your cars. The only people truly better off than they were four years ago are the billionaires who got his tax cuts,” Democrat Obama said.
“Right now as we speak, Trump won’t even extend relief to the millions of families who are having trouble paying the rent or putting food on the table because of this pandemic. But he’s been doing all right by himself. As it turns out, this was just reported in the last 48 hours.”
The rally was Obama’s first in-person appearance on his former vice president’s campaign trail.
His speech was delivered with extra enthusiasm and the 59-year-old took plenty of shots at Trump, including mocking him for his bank accounts in China.
Trump has previously claimed to be tough on Beijing and any financial wrongdoing but reports have now shown that the president even now maintains a bank account in China used for licensing deals that paid over $180,000 in taxes between 2013 and 2015. The New York Times have recently revealed that he paid just $750 in taxes to the US in 2016 and 2017.
“We know that he continues to do business with China because he’s got a secret Chinese bank account. How is that possible? How is that possible? A secret Chinese bank account. Listen, can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election,” Obama said.
“You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that? They would’ve called me Beijing Berry. It is not a great idea to have a president who owes a bunch of money to people overseas. That’s not a good idea. I mean, of the taxes Donald Trump pays, he may be sending more to foreign governments than he pays in the United States. His first year in the White House he only paid $750 in federal income tax. Listen, my first job was at a Baskin Robbins when I was 15 years old. I think I might have paid more taxes that year working at a dispensing ice cream. How is that possible?” Obama said with a smile on his face.