Former President Barack Obama used the eulogy at the late Rep. John Lewis’s funeral in Atlanta to aim thinly veiled shots at President Trump. Even such a somber occasion was not to be missed by Obama in his attempts to undermine the president, as he criticized him and reminded Democrats to vote for Biden.
In what was one of Obama’s most prominent political speeches in years, he called the Senate filibuster (delaying or obstructive action) a “Jim Crow relic,” during his eulogy for Lewis, putting forward the argument that to enact voting rights legislation and enable more voting access in the United States it should be abolished.
Obama’s voice joined the growing chorus of Democrats who consider the Senate’s signature procedural tool as standing in the way of social progress and something to be abolished if the Democrats take control of the White House and the Senate.
Taking a stand as the wingman for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in what amounts to a role reversal from his time as president with Biden as his second, Obama was recently in the limelight during a video town hall appearance with Biden. Is he ready to step into the role of wingman to Biden on the campaign trail?
Michelle Obama released her new podcast
The Michelle Obama Podcast took place on July 29, one day before John Lewis’s funeral. During the podcast, the former first lady and Obama discussed social justice advocacy in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Obama, at almost 20 years younger than Biden, will generate more energy on the campaign trail as a speaker than the Democratic candidate, and together with Michelle will be a drawing card for voters.
The half-brother of Obama, Malik Obama called the former president “cold and ruthless” in his new tell-all book titled, “Big Bad Brother From Kenya.”
“He got rich and became a snob,” Malik Obama told the NewYork Post. “What I saw was he was the kind of person that wants people to worship him. He needs to be worshiped and I don’t do that. I am his older brother so I don’t do that.”
Relations between Obama and Malik Obama became strained after Barack Obama became president, his half brother added. “I don’t understand how somebody who claimed to be a relative or a brother can behave the way that he’s behaving, be so cold and ruthless, and just turn his back on the people he said were his family,” said Malik Obama.
Malik Obama publicly endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016, and still maintains he is the man for the job, reported the Post.
“[I’m] 110% still with Trump,” he said. “He’s not fake. He tells us the way he sees it. He’s bold and fearless and he’s tough.”