Former President Barack Obama addressed the nation today via webcam over the death of George Floyd.
Though Obama has remained out of the spotlight for the last three years, he has become more involved in recent weeks.
After sitting out the bulk of the Democratic primaries, Obama endorsed Joe Biden at the last minute, when Biden already had momentum and it was a "safe bet" for Obama to endorse him.
Obama has suddenly been more critical of President Trump in recent months, though he remained almost completely silent since 2016.
Now, he is giving a nationwide address live… via webcam.
See some of the footage below:
It appears that Obama is taking advantage of this crisis to mobilize radical voters to head to the polls in November.
In a statement published on Medium, Obama attempted to mobilize young liberals to vote:
Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.
It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.
So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.
Obama also cross-posted part of this article on his Instagram account.
Though Obama has been quiet the last 3 years, it is clear that he is wanting to get back into politics and try to impact the November elections.
Ironically, Obama remains an icon for the liberals who claim that America is "systematically racist."
It's worth noting that Obama won the popular vote and electoral college vote by large margins.
In his webcam address to the nation, Obama called for every mayor to push for police reform.
He also used the video platform to mobilize young voters, many of whom appear to be left-wing radicals.
The New York Times confirms:
Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on every mayor in the United States to review use-of-force policies and make progress on police reforms during his first on-camera remarks since a wave of protests and violence after the killing of George Floyd convulsed the country and upended the 2020 election.
Mr. Obama, adopting a notably more measured and less confrontational tone than President Trump, said that the crisis was “unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime” and that it offered an opportunity to curb police violence that would prompt a political “awakening” to unite the country around racial justice and police reform.
The former president — who is taking pains to address the crisis without upstaging Joseph R. Biden Jr., his friend and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — was appearing at a round-table event with his former attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., from Washington as part of a video town hall series sponsored by the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit group Mr. Obama founded.
Mr. Obama echoed two online essays he posted over the last week in which he implored young protesters to channel their rage into political action turning out for Mr. Biden in November and to embrace local reforms to hold police officers accountable for abuses of power.
[...]Mr. Obama’s passions are running high, and the disciplined former president is finding it harder to stay on script, friends said. Over the last few days, he has been working the phones with close associates, including Mr. Holder, venting his disgust at the White House’s response to the protests and strategizing about the best way to address the issues without inflaming the crisis or squaring off into a one-on-one fight with Mr. Trump, people close to him said.
On Tuesday, a Minneapolis radio station reported that Secret Service officials were making preliminary preparations for a high-level visitor, perhaps Mr. Obama. But people close to the former president said he had no intention of traveling there this week — although they did not rule out Mr. Obama’s participation in related events in the future.
Though Barack Obama was the first black president, many black voters say that President Trump is the most pro-black president they have ever seen in their lifetime.
Trump is responsible for the lowest unemployment rate EVER recorded for ALL minorities.
His policies also reduced crimes in black neighborhoods and is bringing back jobs from overseas.
Compare that to President Obama, who spent more time mingling with the Hollywood elite than championing to make America great again!