President Obama delivered a eulogy to be remembered, not only did the 44th President take the occasion to honor Rep. John Lewis, but he made his strongest political speech since leaving office.
President Obama made sure to highlight what made Rep. Lewis a special man “I mentioned in the statement the day John passed, the thing about John was just how gentle and humble he was. And despite this storied, remarkable career, he treated everyone with kindness and respect because it was innate to him. This idea that any of us can do what he did, if we’re willing to persevere.”
President Obama followed President Bush who eloquently said “John Lewis has “been called an American saint—a believer willing to give up everything, even life itself to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life.”
And while Rep. Lewis is beloved and respected for his tremendous active work for the community, President Obama’s direct message to the current administration quickly became the talk.
Earlier in the day, President Trump spoke about delaying the election, raised concerns about mail-in voting, and overall unleashed a barrage of concerning tweets.
President Obama delivered his own strong message pronouncing “We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive I.D. laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision,” said Obama. “Even undermining the postal service in the runup to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick!”
There is little doubt to whom the former President is referring to.
The former president went on to say in referring to Rep. John Lewis, he “knew that the march is not over. That the race is not yet won,” and “we have to be vigilant against the darker currents of this country’s history.”
“Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,”
“George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” he continued, referring to the Trump administration’s response to protests in the wake of Floyd’s death.
President Obama gave his most 2008 hope-filled speech, the same kind of speech that made him a national star in the 2004 DNC and that was notably absent in Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency in 2016.
The stage is set for an interesting election.
In the midst of a global pandemic that has seen the President’s poll number deteriorate he continues to insist he will win big.
It seems President Trump might have to navigate a few more Obama moments to make that happen.