Even While Touting Own Accomplishments, Trump Can't Help But Jab Obama's Speech

Even While Touting Own Accomplishments, Trump Can't Help But Jab Obama's Speech

Typically reserved and measured at the podium, former President Barack Obama didn't hold back Friday in a scathing critique of President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Washington.

"I'm sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep", he said.

"You happen to be coming of age during one of those moments", Obama said.

Obama's speech at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign was delivered less than two months before midterm elections that could determine the course of Trump's presidency. 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. Obama's latest foray into politics is likely to ignite Republicans, including Trump. He adds, "I found he's very good for sleeping". When most Republican elites who are skeptical of Trump use the word "normal", they have in mind the policy agenda supported by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. And for the first time, Obama publicly called out President Donald Trump by name. The speech, which can be viewed live below, is taking place at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign, and is expected to have many Democratic Senators and Congressmen in attendance, including Senator Dick Durbin (D) of IL.

Mr Obama told Friday's awards ceremony in Urbana, Illinois, that he had been intending to follow the American tradition of former presidents exiting the political stage.

He also made it very clear that anger and discontent in politics haven't started with Trump but said that he used it to his own advantage very well.

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. That's how real change starts, Obama said.

"As a fellow citizen, not as a president, but as a fellow citizen, I am here to deliver a message", said Obama. He attempted to connect Trump's views with the members of the Republican Party as a whole, particularly on Russian Federation, and noted how far the GOP had seemed to stray from its roots.

Indeed, days before he left office in 2016, Obama told reporters, "I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much".

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up". He's expected to hold a rally with OH gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray Thursday, and with seven Democratic House candidates in California Saturday.

Michelle Obama's book, "Becoming", goes on sale November 13 - exactly a week after election day.