Former President Barack Obama will accuse President of not “taking the job seriously” and blame him for the coronavirus pandemic’s death toll during a Wednesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president,” Obama will say. “I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.”
“He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama will say.
“Donald hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
Obama will share a virtual stage on the third night of the DNC with defeated 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“Twelve years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I didn’t know I’d end up finding a brother,” Obama will say. “Over eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision. He made me a better president. He’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country.”