President Barack Obama returned to the campaign on Wednesday and heavily criticized how "crazy" things are under President Donald Trump.
"Can you imagine that I had a secret Chinese bank account when I ran for re-election?" said the Democrat at a drive-in style event in Philadelphia. "You would have called me Beijing Barry!"
Obama, who stood on the stump for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, pointed out that some of the conspiracy theories Trump put forward on Twitter would be barely tolerated by a "crazy uncle" with a "lie every day" than he would Pennsylvanians asked to be in the key swing state.
President Barack Obama tracked President Donald Trump during his first trip in the campaign on Wednesday in Philadelphia
President Barack Obama is captured on a campaign freeze in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday afternoon ahead of the speech that would mark his official return to campaigning
President Barack Obama's Philly speech adhered to social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19
“And with Joe and Kamala at the helm, you don't have to think about the crazy things they said every day. And that's worth a lot, ”said Obama. “You won't have to argue about it every day. It just won't be that tiring. & # 39;
The former president suggested that Thanksgivings could go smoothly.
"You will be able to live your life knowing that the president won't retweet conspiracy heroes, that secret cabals are ruling the world, or that Navy Seals didn't actually kill bin Laden," he said.
“Thank you, the President of the United States retweeted this. To introduce. What? What? & # 39; asked a horrified Obama.
Obama also promised that under Biden and his colleague Senator Kamala Harris, "we will not have a president who goes out of his way to insult someone who does not support him or threaten them with jail."
"This is not normal behavior for the President," said Obama.
“We would not tolerate it from a school principal, we would not tolerate it from a coach, we would not tolerate it from a colleague. We wouldn't tolerate it in our own family, except maybe a crazy uncle somewhere, ”Obama observed.
Two young girls hold up old Obama Biden signs while there is a 2020 Biden Harris sign on the roof of the car they're in. Obama chose Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the first location on the campaign
"Presidents running for re-election usually ask if the country is doing better than it was four years ago," said President Barack Obama. "I'll tell you one thing, four years ago you would be lagging behind here at the Linc instead of seeing a speech from your cars."
President Barack Obama delivered his Philadelphia speech in front of Lincoln Financial Field, where the Philadelphia Eagles play
NBC's Savannah Guthrie called the president for acting like a "crazy uncle" during her town hall last Thursday.
"Why should we expect and accept this from the President of the United States?" Asked Obama. "And why are people apologizing for that?"
Obama quoted Trump's allies: "No, it's just him."
& # 39; No. These actions have consequences, ”argued Trump's predecessor.
Obama suggested that Trump could get away with a lot more, using the New York Times report that the president has a secret Chinese bank account as a prime example.
Would Obama Have Did It: "You think Fox News was a little worried about that?" The ex-president asked, pointing out that he would likely be nicknamed "Beijing Barry".
"It's not a great idea to have a president who owes a lot of money to the overseas people. It's not a good idea," Obama said.
He also knocked Trump for another Times bullet – that he had only paid $ 750 in federal taxes in his first year in office.
"Of the taxes that Donald Trump pays, he may send more to foreign governments than in the United States," said Obama.
"My first job was at Baskin-Robbins when I was 15 years old," recalled Obama. “I think I might have paid more taxes this year if I'd worked at an ice cream counter. How is that possible? How many people here paid less? & # 39; he asked. "Maybe, just maybe, he doesn't know what the working people here in Pennsylvania are going through."
President Barack Obama wore a VOTE mask at the beginning and end of his speech as he pounded President Donald Trump's coronavirus response
Spectators honked during Obama's speech, which was set up in the parking lot in front of the stadium where the Philadelphia Eagles play.
"Presidents running for re-election usually ask if the country is doing better than it was four years ago," Obama said. "I'll tell you one thing, four years ago you would be lagging behind here at the Linc instead of seeing a speech from your cars."
Obama then tore into Trump's coronavirus response.
“I understand that this President wants to give full credit to the economy he inherited and not to blame for the pandemic he ignored. You know what? The job doesn't work that way, ”said the ex-president. "Tweeting on TV doesn't fix things, making things up doesn't make people's lives better."
At the beginning of the speech, Obama made fun of Trump's TV ratings.
"Even then, his TV ratings went down so you know he's upset," Obama said, getting a beep from the crowd.
Obama pointed out that his administration left a pandemic playbook for the White House.
"You probably used it to, I don't know, prop up a rickety table somewhere," he said.
Eight months later, and with cases rising again, Obama urged that Americans see no change.
“Donald Trump is not going to suddenly protect us all. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself, "Obama said, slapping the president for Trump's own fight against COVID-19.
The president used experimental treatments to recover quickly and has held a rally almost every night for the past nine days.
He was flying to North Carolina on Wednesday when Obama's speech aired.
"Here's the truth, I want to be honest here," Obama continued. "This pandemic would have been a challenge for any president, but this notion that this White House has anything but completely screwed up is not true."
He used an example of how South Korea reported its first case around the same time as the US, and its per capita death was only 1.3 percent of US deaths.
Obama also followed up with Trump because he didn't regret how he had dealt with the pandemic.
Trump told Eric Bolling in a town hall filmed Tuesday that if he could do it all over, he wouldn't change much.
& # 39; Really? Not much? & # 39; said an incredulous Obama. "Nothing you can think of could have helped some people keep loved ones alive."
Obama dealt with a pandemic saying "Depends more on photo ops."
"So Joe won't screw up tests, he won't call scientist idiots, he won't host a superspreader event in the White House," Obama promised.
And to show the stark contrast between Trump's treatment of the virus and what the US would get with the Democrats, Obama ended his speech at the beginning – with a mask.
On stage, he put his & # 39; VOTE & # 39; mask back on before saying goodbye to the crowd in their cars.