The event in Flint, Michigan, was the first of two events in which the former president will speak with Biden on Saturday, while another event will be held later in Detroit. Both events, the first time the duo was on stage along with one of them with a presidential ticket since 2012, take place in predominantly Black Cities that will be crucial to Biden’s success in Michigan on Tuesday.
Obama’s remarks included Trump blistering attacks – including mocking the crowd-sized focus and devaluing his financial achievements – but Saturday’s first Flint event stood out from previous Obama appearances because of the way the former president Biden’s character.
“Joe Biden is my brother. I love Joe Biden. “And he will be a great president,” Obama said, noting that while he did not know Biden well when he chose him to be his partner, he quickly learned that Biden treated everyone with “dignity and respect.”
“This sense of dignity and empathy, the belief in hard work and family and faith, the belief that everyone counts, this is Joe and he will be president,” Obama said, adding that Biden “made me better.” President. ”
“He has the character and the experience to make us a better country,” Obama added. “Both he and Kamala (Harris) are going to fight, not for themselves, but for all of us. And we certainly can’t say that about the President we have now.”
“Now he’s blaming doctors for taking advantage of this pandemic. Think about it,” Obama said unbelievably. “He can not understand, he does not understand the idea that someone would risk his life to save others without trying to win.”
Obama then became more personal when he wondered why Trump was so steadfast in the size of the crowd at his events.
“Is there nothing better to worry about? Didn’t anyone come to their birthday party as a child? “He was injured,” Obama asked. “What about the crowds?”
These mock lines were central to Obama’s argument against Trump and Biden.
“You know when a country is going through a pandemic that is not something to worry about,” Obama said. “And that’s the difference between Joe Biden and Trump there. Trump cares about feeding his ego. Joe cares about keeping you and your family safe. And he’s no less interested in feeding his ego to large crowds.” “What he’s taking care of is not going to make more and more people sick. That’s what you have to expect from a president.”
The location of their first joint appearance underscored the central question for Democrats: Will non-Hillary Clinton voters vote for Biden?
Crowds of people waved road signs and cheers on a sunny Saturday afternoon as Obama and Biden arrived at a rally in Flint, Genesse County. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton received 26,000 fewer votes there than Obama and Biden in 2012.
The second stop on Saturday for Obama and Biden was scheduled for Detroit, located in Wayne County, where the voter turnout was even more dramatic. Clinton received 75,000 fewer votes there than the 2012 Democratic ticket.
In total, the two counties alone accounted for 100,000 fewer votes in 2016 for Democrats. Trump beat Michigan by 10,704 votes.
“We can not be satisfied,” Obama said. “Not this time. Not in this election. We are a little complacent in the last election.”
Horns was heard loudly in the parking lot as Obama urged Michigan voters to “get out of here like never before.” He asked people to “imagine if 60% of us voted, if 70% of us voted?”
The Koranic pandemic has dramatically escalated the presidential race, with Democrats turning their campaign into a fictitious one. Democratic officials do not dispute the decision, but say they are concerned that the lack of a traditional field program could fail to deliver Biden votes to the margins they may need.
When Biden took the stage, he shook with the fact that as soon as he heard the former president speak, it could be a laxative for Democrats.
“It reminds you how good you can listen to him, it’s not,” Biden said.
The former vice president continued to echo Obama’s remarks, especially when he hit Trump with harsh terms for falsely suggesting doctors make more money when the number of crowns is higher.
“He falsely suggested that they were inflating the number of Covid deaths to make more money,” Biden said. “What the hell is wrong with this man? Sorry for my language, but think about it. He is perverted.”
Biden added, “He may believe it because he does nothing but make money. The people of this nation have suffered and sacrificed for nine months, nothing more than front-line doctors and health workers, and that President “It questions their character; their integrity; their commitment to their fellow Americans; it is more than aggressive, it is a shame.”
Obama’s harshest criticism of Trump this month focused on the coronavirus, and it continued Saturday in Michigan.
“What’s his last argument? That people are very focused on Covid. He said that in one of his rallies. Covid, Covid, Covid, he’s complaining,” Obama said in Florida this week. “She is jealous of Covid media coverage. “If he had focused on Covid from the beginning, the cases would not have reached new records across the country this week.”
On Saturday, Obama described the election as crucial to the country’s future. The former president noted that his speech took place during the Michigan-Michigan state football, a fierce rivalry where the Paul Bunyan trophy was “on the line”.
“But this Tuesday,” Obama said. “Everything is on the line.”
This story has been updated with additional references.