Barack Obama Gives Speech at University of Illinois: Urges Everyone to Vote
The beloved former President Barack Obama just gave a speech at the University of Illinois that really put things in perspective for the whole nation. He urges the entire nation to go out and vote for the mid-term elections coming in November. Giving an optimistic message, he encourages everyone to not stop fighting against resentment and bigotry.
Barack Obama will be receiving the Paul H Douglas Award for Ethics in Government and rightfully so. Under his reign, we rarely saw the polarization and chaotic confusion that we now see. Everything has become political to the point of our favorite brands being compelled to form their own political stances, like Nike did when they supported Colin Kaepernick. It’s a time when TV shows get cancelled due to a racist tweet by a cast member. Or When Alex Jones episodes are removed from social media platforms because they’re spewing out hatred into our very lives. Or when celebrities are compelled to put out their political stances in their own ways, sometimes taking it too far.
The Obama family set a precedent of supporting equality and common human decency for the greater good. Yes, he wasn’t a perfect President who fixed all problems in America, but he never intentionally caused a political rift in the nation. He didn’t label minorities as our enemies and didn’t force immigrant children to be separated from their families only revoking that executive order after extreme backlash from the public and politicians alike.
Fight Against Apathy
The college students of the University of Illinois reminded by the former president to not lose hope amidst dark times. Therefore, we must not adopt an apathetic attitude just because the future seems to be too grim. Our inaction will only make the problem worse and we certainly can’t afford that anymore.
Barack Obama states that this political disparity was brewing long before Trump even became President.
“It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.
In an auditorium packed with over a thousand students, teachers and staff of the university, the former President urges everyone to realize that the stakes are very high now and we can’t sit idle. Barack Obama is doing everything he can to support the Democratic Party and making the whole nation realize the importance of voting.
The Representative Ben Ray Lujan, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, stated that
“Democrats need all hands on deck to take back the House, and we could not be more honored to have President Barack Obama’s inspirational voice and unifying message on the campaign trail, with his first stop in Southern California,”
Nostalgia Sparked for Democratic Voters
It seems as if people really missed their former President and his hopeful speech for a better tomorrow. It’s something that many can’t expect from our current President at all. People took to twitter to share their positive sentiments.
I don't get how anyone can actually listen to #BarackObama and be against against anything he's espousing: Education, health, equality, the sanctity of elections, decrying Nazis, voter engagement, checks and balances, democracy. I guess all some people see is black.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) September 7, 2018
President Obama's speech is more than I ever dreamed it would be. He is so unifying "common ground". Everyone needs to watch this. We need it. #BarackObama
— DV187?? (@davidvons187) September 7, 2018
Is everyone else as transfixed listening to President Obama speak at the University of Illinois this morning? It is so refreshing hearing an honest, kind, socially focused, moral, real man lead the country even for a brief time. #BarackObama pic.twitter.com/QTSjNjX1Rd
— H2O4US (@tipnkc) September 7, 2018
“I’m here to deliver a simple message: You need to vote because our democracy depends on it.”
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) September 7, 2018
The biggest threat to democracy is indifference–#BarackObama
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) September 7, 2018
He's finally saying it all. It's like when you've been gaslighted for a long time and someone you trust tells you that you're not crazy. #BarackObama
— Mo (@Mo81581Miller) September 7, 2018
My God… Hearing #BarackObama speak practically brings me to tears. How I miss him! My heart aches for my country these days. I miss a president that I can be proud of. @mitchellreports pic.twitter.com/r7EwMvubx4
— Cindy Patterson. ?☮️ ? (@2cindypatterson) September 7, 2018