Barack Obama gives speech today as he receives ethics award

Obama speaks at the memorial service of Senator John Mc Cain at National Cathedral in Washington Sept. 1 2018

A point this ethics award makes as Trump's administration grapples with an avalanche of scandals and Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe: Obama's two terms were relatively scandal free. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin once interned for Douglas, the IL senator from 1949 to 1967, and Durbin's mentor. His remarks are rumored to be a stern rebuke of President Donald Trump, according to multiple outlets, whether or not he mentions the president by name.

Last Saturday, at the funeral for Sen. He said Friday that the elections are needed to be a check on Trump and what the Republican Party has become - filled with racial resentment and conspiracy theorists, Obama said. "Suddenly, deficits don't matter, even though just two years ago, when the deficit was lower, they said, 'I couldn't help working families or seniors because it was, the deficit was, in existential crisis".

"I'm here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who it is that we are", Obama said. He will spend this Saturday in California stumping for seven congressional candidates at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event and will head to OH next week to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

His stops after that will be in Pennsylvania and NY.

"As a fellow citizen, not as a president, but as a fellow citizen, I am here to deliver a message", said Obama.

Trump, meanwhile, claims he fell asleep watching Obama's speech.

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Former President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service of Senator John McCain at National Cathedral in Washington, Sept. 1, 2018. This has reportedly annoyed some Democrats, who believe their most potent weapon is sitting out the midterms in an effort to maintain decorum that they feel has gone out the window since Trump took office.

Next week, Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Ohio Democrats. IL is one of the prime potential governor pick-up states. Add Barack Obama as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Barack Obama news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Mr Obama warned that American democracy depended on his audience turning out to vote in the November's congressional mid-term elections. She co-chairs the group, which is run by her close allies. She will headline voter registration rallies in Las Vegas and Miami later in September as part of a week of action by When We All Vote, the new nonpartisan organization that she co-chairs.

"Because there is actually only one real check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that's you - you and your vote".

While he has endorsed candidates and appeared at fundraising events, he has spent much of his post-presidency on the political sidelines.

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