Obama Swipes at Trump; Trump Hits Back

  • “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said in his speech.
  • “He was an incompetent president. That’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
  •  Obama made the remarks during a virtual commencement address delivered to historically black colleges and universities on Saturday.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has responded to his predecessor’s veiled attacks Saturday, and called him the most corrupt and incompetent president to ever lead the US. During a virtual commencement speech for the graduating class of 2020, Barack Obama, the former US president, launched a veiled attack on the current administration.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. During the period of segregation in the United States prior to the Civil Rights Act, the overwhelming majority of higher education institutions were predominantly white and completely disqualified or limited African-American enrollment.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said in his speech. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Donald Trump didn’t take the criticism lightly, and on Sunday, he tore into the former president, describing him as the most incompetent and corrupt president that the US has ever had. 

“He was an incompetent president. That’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent,” Trump told reporters at the White House.  Earlier on in a tweet, Trump had described both his predecessor, Obama, and his then-Vice President, Joe Biden, as having presided over the most corrupt and incompetent US administration ever. “The Obama Administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history. Remember, he and Sleepy Joe are the reasons I am in the White House!!!”

On a day when the country recorded 19,000 more cases of the new coronavirus, and about 800 fatalities from Covid-19 – still, the lowest number in the past week – Trump said that “incredible progress” is being made, including in curing the disease. 

“So I think we had a great weekend,” Trump said of his time at the presidential retreat. “We did a lot of terrific meetings. Tremendous progress is being made on many fronts, including coming up with a cure for this horrible plague that has beset our country. It was a working weekend, it was a good weekend. A lot of very good things have happened.” 

The former President had categorically pointed out that the pandemic definitively exposed the Trump administration officials’ cluelessness, without mentioning his name. 

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy. That’s what little kids do. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way. Which is why things are so screwed up. All those adults you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out, they don’t have all the answers. A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions.”

Barack Obama is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American President of the United States.

Your guess is as good as mine as to who the target of his words were. Obama made the remarks during a virtual commencement address delivered to historically black colleges and universities on Saturday.  

The former President and member of the Democratic Party also underlined that the health crisis reveals the inequalities that affect black Americans, in an apparent reference to the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year old was shot on February 23 when jogging in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia.

“Let’s be honest: a disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities historically had to deal with in this country,” Obama said. “We see it in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog and some folks feel like they can stop, question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning,” Obama said during the speech.

“Injustice like this isn’t new. What is new is that so much of your generation has woken up to the fact that the status quo needs fixing.” Obama ended the speech on a note of optimism for the class of 2020, saying that the graduates were all “role models” now. “Your participation in this democracy, your courage to stand up for what’s right, your willingness to forge coalitions — these actions will speak volumes,” he said.  

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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