Obama, who has been quiet since leaving the White House in January 2017 and since his administration’s scandals have come to light, has vowed to be more involved in trying to help Joe Biden, try win the presidency this fall.
Last week, Obama blamed President Trump and his allies for exacerbating ‘tribal’ tensions around the country, which he claims has hampered the effort to reduce total number of cases nationwide.
In Audio of a web call obtained by Yahoo News Obama said:
“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life”
‘And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well, He added.
‘It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty.
‘It would have been bad even with the best of governments.
‘It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset – of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ – when that mindset is operationalized in our government.’
Obama added: ‘That’s why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.’
The Former President also recently weighed in on COVID-19 and the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.
Obama told HBCU graduates on Saturday that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed a disproportionately large number of African American victims, ‘just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country.’
The inequalities are visible not just in the realm of public health but also ‘just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog, and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning.’