Trump claims he fell asleep watching Obama speech

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Ford Center in Evansville Indiana

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Ford Center in Evansville Indiana

Obama will be given the award by U.S. Sen.

Mr Obama, who had frustrated some Democrats by keeping a relatively low profile since leaving office in January 2017, accused Republicans of being unwilling to safeguard democracy or offer a check on Mr Trump's policies or worst instincts.

In a speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, Obama said Americans were living in "dangerous times" and accused Republicans of undermining global alliances, cozying up to Russian Federation and exploding the federal deficit.

Last Saturday, at the funeral for Sen.

Obama's speech castigated Trump as the product of a party that long ago went mad.

"He is acutely aware that he has a mixed record of success when his name is not on the ballot", said one person familiar with President Obama's thinking, who asked not to be named discussing internal deliberations.

The U.S. risks slipping further from the ideals of the nation's founders as the privileged and powerful exploit the "politics of fear and resentment" to keep their status, he said. "This moment really is different".

Obama is hitting the campaign trail for his fellow Democrats, with an event in California for House candidates and then a stop in OH next week.

His stops after that will be in Pennsylvania and NY. Obama, according to Schlapp, "spent billions of dollars in stimulus money while creating a stagnant economy". He railed against everything from his successor's failure to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville - "How hard can that be?" He will expand upon several of the themes from his summer address, including that America is at its best when our democracy is inclusive and our citizens are engaged. He says the country is at a pivotal moment in its history and "the consequences of any of us sitting on the sidelines are more dire" than in prior elections.

Obama's involvement in the midterm campaign carries risks for Democrats.

Obama already shot a campaign video for Pritzker, who is battling GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Obama has largely stayed out of the everyday political fray, but his speech was the first of a series he is expected during the midterms.

Chicago is scheduled to hold a "flagship" event for Michelle Obama's group, but it's not known yet if she or a celebrity will be on hand. contributor Joel B. Pollak not only attacked Obama in a September 7 critique of the speech, but also, the University of IL itself.

The former president also wasn't subtle in his criticism - and often incredulity - at Trump and some of his actions since taking office. "And I'm happy he wants to do it again".

Historically, midterms are lightly attended and Obama made a point of reminding his audience that only one in five young people voted in the 2014 midterm election.

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