It is time.
In his first in-person campaign event of 2020 to pitch his former number 2 guy to the American people, former President Barack Obama told the crowd of people sitting in their cars at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park that former Vice President Joe Biden is the clear choice over President Donald Trump, 6ABC reports.
“This election requires every single one of us to do our part. What we do these next 13 days will matter for decades to come,” Obama said at a drive-in rally of about 300 cars…The fact that we don’t get 100% of what we want right away is not a good reason not to vote.”
Speaking about Trump, his destruction of the economy (for everyone other than billionaires), and his administration’s bungling of the COVID-19 response, Obama said, “I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my polices, but I did hope for the sake of the country, that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously, but it hasn’t happened. He hasn’t showed any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends.”
The former POTUS said of the continuing pandemic that is currently spiking again in some states, “Eight months into this pandemic, cases are rising again across this country. Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself.”
Obama didn’t stop there. “This is not a reality show—this is reality,” he said. “Four years ago, you’d be tailgating here instead of watching a speech from your car.”
Unlike Trump, Obama also said that Joe Biden wouldn’t “host a super spreader event at the White House.”
Watch Obama’s full remarks below:
Both Biden and Trump are paying close attention to Pennsylvania, one of the key swing states of the 2020 election. Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton lost there in 2016 when Trump turned three counties—Luzerne, Erie and Northhampton—red.
Biden currently holds a double digit lead in the state.