Over the years, former President Barack H Obama‘s wife Michelle Obama has mostly played nice. However, the gloves have come off now that the former First Lady has firmly set herself in the camp opposing President Donald J Trump. In a new video released during the final push towards Election Day, Michelle slams the president for his actions over the past year abandoning the, “high road,” to tell voters what she thinks they need to hear before time runs out. The former First Lady makes an impassioned case for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Michelle Tackles Trump’s ‘Willful Mismanagement’ Of the COVID Crisis
In the video, titled Michelle Obama’s Closing Argument, the former First Lady first turned to the COVID crisis. The mother of two says, “I wanted to take a moment to remind you what’s at stake, and to urge you to make a plan to vote today. Let’s be honest, right now our country is in chaos because of a president who isn’t up to the job. And if we want to regain any kind of stability, we’ve got to insure that every eligible voter is informed and engaged in this election. Because the stakes are on display every day, not just in the headlines but in our families.”
Obama Says Families are Bearing the Brunt of Stress From COVID Uncertainty
Obama then leans on her experience as a mother to appeal to voters who worry about their children, talking about the president’s pressure on schools to open without a clear plan or adequate support. Obama continues, “Our daughters are in college now, and luckily they’re taking classes from home this semester. But in just a few weeks since schools have resumed, many of their friends who returned to campus have either tested positive, or are living with someone who has. Yes, it’s anecdotal of course. And everyone wants their kids back in school as soon as it’s safe. But as a mom? It is frightening thinking about these young people who were just our babies yesterday quarantined alone in dorms or apartments with little or no support as the disease continues to spread. Unable to come home if their symptoms get worse. Just imagine the toll that worry is taking on families across this country.”
Obama adds, “we simply cannot trust this president to tell us the truth about anything.”
‘Other Countries Don’t Have to Content With Trump’
Obama then lays the level of suffering the US has experienced directly at the feet of President Trump; “it’s painful to think that months into this crisis this is still where we are, with no clear plan, no peace of mind. And the worst part is, it didn’t have to be like this. Look around the world. so many other countries aren’t experiencing this level of extended suffering and uncertainty.”
“What [the rest of the world] didn’t have to contend with is this president.”
Obama slams Trump, continuing “Our commander in chief, sadly, has been missing in action. And his willful mismanagement of the COVID crisis is just one example of his negligence. When wildfires rage out west, he says nothing for weeks. When Americans of all backgrounds peacefully protest racism and police violence, he disparages them, yet eggs on heavily armed militias. When our heroic young men and women answer the call and give their lives for our country, he calls them ‘suckers’ and ‘losers,’ and publicly mocks gold star families and prisoners of war. All this from someone who as a wealthy, connected young man avoided military service.”
Seven Months After the Pandemic Started, Trump Has Not Made it Better According to Obama
Obama continues, “Seven months later he still doesn’t have a plan for this virus. Seven months later, he still won’t wear a mask consistently and encourage others to do the same. Even when those simple actions could save countless lives. Instead, he continues to gaslight the American people by acting like this pandemic is not a real threat. And yet, even in the face of all this incompetence, Americans keep digging deeper. Finding new reserves of strength. Doing whatever it takes to get through this.”
“…It’s not too much to ask our leaders to rise to the occasion as well.”
Obama then turns to support of Biden, saying that how a president spends their time in office is a reflection of their life before becoming president. The former First Lady says their policies reflect their values, and that Trump, “devoted [his] life to enriching himself.”
The former First Lady promises that Biden will listen to doctors, sciences, and solve problems that the president has ignored or made worse. Obama adds that Biden will support schools, families, jobs, healthcare, and the planet, before turning to Trump’s record on racist divide in the country.
A Divided Country
Addressing the racial divide in America and the chaos of the summer of 2020, the mother of two begins, “Let’s be very real. America is divided right now. And a lot of people are being sold lies from those who want to get rich or stay in power or sometimes both. As I’ve said before, we must all empathize with those who might not look like us, or vote like us. We have got to put ourselves in one another’s shoes. Think about it.
You’ve worked hard all your life, and for too long you’ve watched the rich get richer. You’ve lost your farms and your livelihoods to corporate greed. You’ve seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness… …All of this long before this virus hit. And it’s frustrating to hear some folks say you’ve been the beneficiary of privilege. That the color of your skin gives you a head start. That is the reality for far too many hard-working, decent Americans.”
The President ‘Is Racist’
Obama continues, “But right now, the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures, by giving folks someone to blame other than them. They’re stoking fears about black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs. Whipping up violence and intimidation. And they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity. It’s true, research backs it up. Only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all. So what the president is doing is once again patently false, morally wrong, and yes – it is racist. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.
The one thing this president is really really good at is using fear and confusion, and spreading lies to win. I get it. But I also feel it. As a Black woman who has, like the overwhelming majority of people of color in this nation, done everything in my power to live a life of dignity, and service, and honesty; the knowledge that any of my fellow Americans is more afraid of me than the chaos we’re living through right now? Well, that hurts. It hurts us all. It is a heaviness that sits on our hearts. So I want to appeal for some empathy here, too.”
Obama Appeals for Empathy
The 56-year-old pleads, “Put yourselves in our shoes for just a moment. Imagine how it feels to wake up every day and do your very best to uphold the values that this country claims to hold dear: truth, honor, decency. Only to have those efforts met by scorn; not just by your fellow citizens, but by a sitting president. Imagine how it feels to have suspicion cast on you from the day you were born, simply because of the hue of your skin. To walk around your own country scared that someone’s unjustified fear of you could put you in harm’s way. Terrified of what four more years of this kind of division might mean for the safety of you and those you love. Living with the knowledge that no matter how hard we try, how much good we do in the world, there will be far too many who will never see our humanity. Who will project on us their own fears of retribution for centuries of injustice, and thus only see us as a threat to be restrained. And we know what happens next; a racial slur from a passing car, a job promotion that never comes, a routine traffic stop gone wrong. Maybe a knee to the neck. Racism, fear, division. These are powerful weapons. And they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head on.”
“So I want to ask every single American, no matter what party you normally vote for, to please take a moment to pause. Click off the news. Think about how you’ve felt over these last four years, how quickly things have turned. And think about what the next four years could mean for our country’s future. The message we will send to our children about who we are and what we truly value. Think about what would possibly compel you to accept this level of chaos, violence and confusion under this president, and be willing to continue to watch our country spiral out of control. Because we can no longer pretend that we don’t know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your hearts, and conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.”
Pulling No Punches, Obama Sums Up Her Case
Former First Lady Obama sums up her push; “We don’t have the luxury to assume that things are gonna turn out okay. We cannot afford to withhold our votes or waste them on a protest candidate. One of these two men will be president, and only if we vote for Joe Biden with power and with passion, will our voices even have a chance at being heard.”
For a woman who has mostly avoided wading directly into political disagreements, this video is a first. With direct language accusing the president of racism, incompetence, and moral bankruptcy, Obama makes a compelling case for Biden supporters to ramp up enthusiasm. Will it appeal to undecided voters, or those who planned on third party votes? That remains to be seen. But this is the first time Obama has stepped out of her comfort zone to aim right at Trump’s weakest points. That alone is generating conversation and enthusiasm. With less than 30 days until the election, the Democrats are doing everything they can to widen Biden’s lead. Whether Obama’s gloves-off approach will help or hinder, it appears that Michelle Obama has entered the fray.