When former President Barack Obama departed the White House after eight years serving the American people back in 2016, I can only imagine that he had hoped for a calmer life — spending time with his wife, watching his children grow, playing with his dogs. You know, normal stuff.
But no sooner than Obama packed up his belongings and headed out, the beginning of the worst few years of our lives set in.
For a while, Obama still remained a pillar of support for those who needed it most but stayed out of the limelight for the most part. However, we’re rapidly approaching what is, hands down, the most important election of our lifetime, and the former president knows that to be silent is to be complacent.
Long story short, Obama is throwing down the gauntlet.
In a campaign video for former Vice President and Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, shared with PBS ahead of its official release on The Shade Room, Obama issued a rare but firey attack straight to the top as he urged voters to vote for Biden as early as possible.
“As you know, the election is coming up, and I’ve got just one word for you: vote,” Obama stated. “Actually, I’ve got two: vote early.”
The former POTUS never mentioned Trump specifically by name, but clearly added, “Right now, from the White House on down, folks are working to keep people from voting, especially communities of color.”
“That’s because there’s a lot at stake in this election. Not just our pandemic response or racial justice, but our democracy itself.”
The campaign video’s release came on the heels of a bombshell investigation by Channel 4 News in the UK that accused Donald Trump of trying to hinder more than 3.5 million black voters from getting to the polls to vote in the 2016 election.
Obama is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
You can read the full report from The Independent here.
And you can watch the clip here:
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo