In a 30-minute conversation with members of the Obama Alumni Association, the former president said the response to the coronavirus outbreak was a key reminder of why strong government leadership is needed during a global crisis. The call was intended to encourage former Obama staff to engage more in Biden’s presidential campaign.
“This election that is coming – at all levels – is so important because what we are fighting for is not just a particular individual or political party,” Obama said. “What we are fighting against are these long-term tendencies in which to be selfish, to be tribal, to be divided and to see others as enemies – it has become a stronger impetus in American life.”
“It’s part of why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and unpredictable,” said Obama. “It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It was an absolutely chaotic disaster when that mentality – of” what’s inside for me “and” heck with everyone else “- when that mentality is made operational in our government. “
He added, “That’s why, by the way, I’m going to be spending as much time and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.”
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