by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 31, 2020) — On Saturday afternoon, previous White House occupant Barack Hussein Obama spoke to campaign attendees in Flint, MI on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, where he said he and Biden “saved the auto industry” and added a record number of jobs to the ailing economy following the 2008 financial collapse.
“He’ll pay for his plans by rolling back Trump’s tax cuts for billions,” Obama said of Biden.
On health care, he said that Republicans’ claims that “pre-existing conditions” will be “protected” under a future plan of theirs overlook what he and Biden already accomplished with the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare.” “Sixty times they tried to take people’s health care away,” Obama said of congressional Republicans.
“It’s been ten years now and they still don’t have a plan. They’re trying to bamboozle you,” Obama said. “They’ve driven up costs; they’ve driven up the number of uninsured.”
“Joe and Kamala and Gary” will support health care, he said, referring to vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who is being challenged by Republican John James, “because they were there when it was passed.” However, in 2010 Harris was serving as California’s attorney general and did not become a U.S. senator until 2017.
“Joe talks about decency and kindness and responsibility and hard work; he actually cares about every American…I have seen him spend time with people who are strangers…when he sees a kid, his eyes light up…Joe Biden tries to live the values we cherish…that used to be the definition of manliness…,” Obama said. “Not lookin’ for credit. Tryin’ to live right, passin’ on those values to your kids.”
He said that approximately “half” of “eligible voters” actually typically vote. While he said government is not “perfect,” it can go far in helping people.
“I’m asking you to remember that it’s possible” to create the type of country Democrats envision, Obama said. He called on supporters to mobilize and vote for Peters and Biden, who he introduced as, “my friend, the next president of the United States of America.”
The music of Stevie Wonder began to play, with Biden approaching the outdoor podium from inside a nearby building.
“Folks, it’s good to be back with friends,” he greeted the crowd, calling Obama “a good man” along with Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI5). He recognized Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her lieutenant governor, Garlin Gilchrist.
He called Obama “a president of character,” adding that “Barack Obama was a great president of the United States of America,” to which some distant cheering could be hard.
“We went through eight years without one single trace of scandal; it’s going to be nice to return to that,” Biden shouted to the audience.
He claimed the Trump presidency has made the U.S. “the laughingstock of the world.”
“My message is simple: the power to change…is literally in your hands,” Biden said, calling upon voters to “take back this democracy.”
As opposed to the Trump rally in Newtown, PA, the Fox News cameras did not show the audience.
As for the coronavirus, he claimed Trump has “raised the white flag” and accused him of doubting health care workers’ dedication in the midst of the pandemic.
“Wall Street didn’t build this country; you did,” Biden said.
He decried the Trump administration’s alteration of environmental policies and in the same thought, called for “racial justice.”
He said it is the “duty of a president to care” about all Americans, including those who do not support him.
“We have such an incredible opportunity. Well, God love you, thank you very much. But here’s the deal… we gotta vote up and down the ticket…” he said in his closing remarks. “We can be what we are at our best: the United States of America. God bless you all, and may God protect our troops,” he said as Wonder’s music began.
Biden then left the stage, jointed Obama, who was wearing a mask, then returned to the podium, where Fox News anchor Arthel Neville said Biden was “looking for his mask.”