Obama slams Trump for second time, saying lots of 'so-called grownups' think like little kids

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Sunday 17 May 2020 15:30
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After more than three years of Trump rule, Obama appears to finally be ready to speak out against his successor.

For the second time in a week, the former president has taken aim at Trump, and in particular his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

While for years he's kept silent despite attacks against him from the Trump administration, the president's response to a global health crisis looks to have been too much for Obama.

It's one thing to know people will be unfairly disadvantaged by a president's policies, and quite another to see almost 90,000 people die.

Last night, Obama gave a speech to graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The address took place remotely due to social distancing measures, and Obama's address was the main talking point of the evening.

In what is clearly a dig at the Trump administration, he said:

Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up.

He added:

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. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.

He told graduates that "if the world is going to get better, it’s going to be up to you," and addressed racial inequality, saying:

A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country. We see it in the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our communities.

He also referenced the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man who was shot to death by a former police officer and his son while out on a jog.

Obama gave a separate speech earlier on in which he addressed high school seniors in a virtual commencement ceremony hosted by LeBron James and featuring Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe and Malala Yousafzai.

Earlier this week Obama broke his silence on Trump's handling of the pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster” on a private conference call.

Trump reacted about as well as can be expected on both occasions, tweeting up a storm and spreading conspiracy theories about the former president which he's dubbed "OBAMAGATE!".

People on Twitter decided to play him at this own game though, and pretty soon #OBAMATHEGREAT was trending instead.

A perfect way to reminisce about happier times... and infuriate Trump.

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