Obama: 'Our democracy depends' on people voting

Obama calls midterm votes urgent in rebuke of Trump 'Our democracy depends on it'

Obama calls midterm votes urgent in rebuke of Trump 'Our democracy depends on it'

"I don't agree with President Obama, he's President Obama, he won the election". Obama will receive a medal for the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government at a private ceremony following the speech.

In an uncharacteristic move, Obama directly named Trump, saying the current president was a "symptom, not the cause" of broader ailments in the nation's politics.

"Your version of America is not the America we want", Pirro said on Saturday night in a message to Obama.

Obama argued that today's generation is the most diverse, "conditions that are ripe for exploitation by politicians who have no compunction and no shame about tapping into America's dark history of racial and ethnic and religious division". But he said the political moment required a pushback and called for better discourse.

Obama's speech in the university's 1,300-person auditorium has seen sizable interest from the school's student body, according to university spokesman Jon Davis, who said they had received around 22,000 requests for tickets. "That is not how our democracy is supposed to work". The county was historically a conservative stronghold - the birthplace of Richard M. Nixon - that has been turning steadily Democratic over the past decade. "A politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment takes hold".

Some Republicans pounced on Obama's remarks to bash his two terms in office and defend Trump.

"I watched it, but I fell asleep".

"Obama was trying to take credit for this incredible thing that's happening", he continued. "The stakes really are higher".

He later added: "This is not normal". He has also said the Times should reveal the author "for National Security purposes" and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should investigate. "In 2 months, we have the chance to restore some sanity to our politics".

He says, "I'm not making that up".

The Times says the op-ed, published Wednesday, was written by a senior official in the Trump administration.

Katie Hill, Obama's communications director, said Obama hopes to use his standing across the country to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

Trump, at a rally later in the day, said he had been asked what he thought of Obama's speech. I am being serious here.

He said that Trump isn't the biggest threat to Americans - it's indifference. Obama reminded the audience that the economic recovery began during his administration and defended his handling of the 2008 economic collapse.

He also criticized Trump's response to the violence previous year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester.

The former president said his presidency of eight years pulled the U.S. economy out of crisis.

He said Americans and politicians of both parties should stand up against discrimination and "stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers". "If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying "civilization is collapsing" and you are nervous and anxious, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don't actually think civilization is collapsing ... or you are not pushing yourself hard enough, and I would push harder".

The Republican National Committee, for its part, responded to Obama's speech by saying, "President Obama stepped back into the spotlight to make the case that our country is on the wrong track". The president added that a victory by Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBruce Ohr's efforts to secretly reshape the Trump probe started earlier in summer '16 Poll: Dem, GOP candidates for Georgia governor dead even Wisconsin Dem touts Kaepernick, accuses Trump of not knowing words to anthem MORE in 2016 would have significantly harmed the economy. The adviser was not authorized to discuss Obama's thinking publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. "I found he's very good, very good for sleeping".

The greatest threat to American democracy, the former president said, is not Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress, the Koch brothers, too much compromise from Democrats, or Russian hacking - the biggest threat to American democracy is cynicism.

Obama is re-entering the public eye two months before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections on November 6.

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