Barack Obama says midterms represent chance for sanity

Although Obama didn't reference President Trump by name, he didn't need to.

Obama's speech at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, a region traditionally held by Republicans, was a stump for Democrats Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Katie Hill, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin.

On Friday, Obama made his first appearance in the midterm election battle, in a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, where he accepted an ethics in government award.

"We have the chance to flip the House of Representatives and make sure that there are real checks and balances in Washington", he said.

Trump wasted no time in responding.

Trump aides were allegedly concerned about the effect Obama's speech would have on President Trump, with Politico reporting there are fears from the Trump camp that Obama would get inside the president's head ahead of midterm elections.

"The claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders, that is not a check", Obama said. "I found he's very good - very good for sleeping", he said.

Last week, Mr. Obama praised American accomplishments but said there is a darker side to progress when politicians peddle resentment and mistrust to preserve the status quo.

"If we don't step up, things can get worse", Obama warned the crowd in Anaheim on Saturday.

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Obama had always said he meant to follow the example set by former President George W. Bush, who after leaving office largely kept out of the public eye and refrained from criticizing his successor. Instead, Obama will mock the president in ways he doesn't even see coming.

Also worth remembering: midterm elections were not exactly Obama's forte. He also gave a eulogy last weekend for Sen. But it is widely accepted - and has been reinforced by primary turnout across the country - that Democrats have been revved up since the day after Trump's inauguration.

"It did not start with Donald Trump". "He is a symptom, not the cause".

While the former president will be visible throughout the general election, the adviser said that Obama will not be a daily presence on the campaign trail. On Saturday, the former president will stump for House Democratic candidates from California at an event in Orange County, a conservative-leaning part of California where Republicans are at risk of losing several congressional seats.

Obama travels next week to OH to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Richard Cordray, a former Obama administration official.

The former president will be campaigning for Democrats over the next two months, until the general election, according to the Times.

When that happens, he says, people become cynical and decide not to participate in the political process - creating a vacuum that lobbyists and special interests fill.

The piece describes a "two-track presidency" in which aides and officials work around and against Trump's desires.

  • Rogelio Becker