Ahead of the American Presidential election, Barrack Obama has been tagged ‘scared’ by the Politics based Atlanta Reporter, on this premise of the Former President’s Speech given in the Virtual Democratic National Convention yesterday
In his words, Berman said, “Barack Obama’s warning to America during the Democratic Convention’s third night was existential. He didn’t try to inspire Americans; He wanted to scare them.
Speaking further he opined that the former Kenya Descent American President offered no thousand-watt miles or soaring rhetoric as he exhorted voters to elect Joe Biden and warned them about the perils of giving Donald Trump another four years in the White House.
“In a stark, sober address from Philadelphia during the Virtual Democratic National Convention, a man elected a dozen long years ago on a gauzy promise of “hope and change” found himself instead of turning to fear as a rallying cry.” He said
“Do not let them take away your power, Don’t let them take away your democracy.” Obama said
Devoid of an audience and it’s usual rapturous applause, Obama sounded like a disappointed father, his sighs audible as he delivered a speech he never thought he’d give.
Obama went on in his speech, “Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job, because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe. One hundred and 70,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our Democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
Russel observed that what was striking about Obama’s argument was how little it was grounded in the traditional policy battles of the past decades.
“Obama did not tell Americans that Trump would take away their health care, or ignore climate change, or deport immigrants, or even threaten national security. He warning was far more existential.”
Concluding his speech, Russel noted that the former president didn’t conclude his speech with the uplifting peroration that has been his trademark. “He summoned the legacy of Lewis and the civil – rights movements, but he withheld his typical reassurance that despite everything, the best of America would win out. He said, “Any chance of success depends entirely on the outcome this election.”
…… Ifedayo Kelvin