Barack Obama says Donald Trump focused on 'feeding his ego', didn't help anyone except himself

Making a last pitch to get Democratic candidate Joe Biden elected as the next occupant of the White House, Obama, during rallies in Michigan's Detroit and Flint, blasted Trump for his policies and rhetoric

Press Trust of India November 01, 2020 17:40:57 IST
Barack Obama says Donald Trump focused on 'feeding his ego', didn't help anyone except himself

File image of former US president Barack Obama. AP

Pittsburg: US president Donald Trump is focused on feeding his ego and has not shown any interest in helping anyone except himself, whereas his Democratic rival Joe Biden cares about the coronavirus pandemic and keeping "your family safe", Barack Obama has said.

Making a last pitch on Saturday to get his former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Biden elected as the next occupant of the White House, Obama, during rallies in Michigan, blasted Trump for his policies and rhetoric.

He said Trump in the last four years had not shown any interest in helping any of his countrymen except himself.

"President Trump is focused on feeding his ego, while the Democratic presidential candidate Biden focused on decency and empathy," said Obama, who was the 44th US president.

He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself or his friends or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show to give him the attention that he craves. But unfortunately, the rest of us have to live with the consequences, he said.

Obama was joined by Biden at both the Flint and Detroit rallies in Michigan, a battleground state.

"I can tell you that the presidency doesn't change who you are. It shows who are you. It reveals who you are. And for eight years, Joe was the last one in the room when I made a big decision," he said.

Obama praised the 77-year-old Biden and said, "Biden is my brother. I love Joe Biden. And he will be a great president and he treats everyone with dignity and with respect".

"That sense of decency and empathy, the belief in hard work and family and faith, the belief that everyone counts, that is who Joe is and that is who he will be as president," he said, adding that Biden made him a "better president".

"He has got the character and the experience to make us a better country. And he and Kamala (Harris) are going to be in the fight, not for themselves, but for every single one of us. And we sure can't say that about the President we have got right now," he said.

Obama, 59, alleged that Trump, 74, is doing a reality show in the White House. "You know when a country is going through a pandemic that's not what you're supposed to be worrying about," he said.

"And that's the difference between Biden and Trump right there. Trump cares about feeding his ego. Joe cares about keeping you and your family safe. And he's less interested in feeding his ego with having big crowds than he is making sure he's not going around making more and more people sick. That's what you should expect from a president," he asserted.

"What is his obsession, by the way, with crowd size? You notice that? This is the one measure he has of success. He's still worried about his inauguration crowd being smaller than mine. It really bugged him. He's still talking about that. Did nobody come to his birthday party when he was a kid? Is he traumatized? What's with crowds?" he asked.

"The lifeblood of a campaign is not rallies, it is not TV ads, but people willing to take a clipboard, talk to their neighbours and talk to their friends and talk to their co workers," he added.

"Let folks know what the stakes are. And this kind of grassroots work and organising. Makes all the difference especially in an election, like this, where the stakes are so high, Obama said.

He said there was a need to revive the pandemic-hit economy again and it could be done well once Biden was elected.

"We know that change is possible, but it's not guaranteed. And if we care deeply about restoring a sense of decency to our federal government, a government that's going to look out for ordinary people, that is gonna take this pandemic seriously and get on top of it so we can not only save lives, but also make our economy healthy again," he said.

"If we want a nation that is living up to its values, and its ideals so that, we set an example for the world. If we care about climate change and making sure that our criminal justice system is free of racial bias. Then we're gonna have to work for it. And we've just got a few more days to make that happen," he added.

Obama said Biden understands his responsibilities.

"And the other person who makes me hopeful is somebody I served with for eight years. Was in the room before I made any big decision, a person of character, a person of decency, a person of kindness.

"A person who understands the solemn responsibilities you take on when you become president of the US, somebody who's going to put you first. My friend, I could not be prouder to support him, and I could not be prouder. I hope in a few days to be able to call him Mr President," he said.

Obama officially endorsed Biden in April, marking the Democratic establishment's formal consolidation around the party's presidential nominee.

"Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend," Obama had said in a video released by the Biden campaign. "And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a president right now," he said.

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