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"I'm sorry, I watched it but I fell asleep", he said during a fundraiser in North Dakota.

The Republican Party's refusal to compromise with Obama on health care, climate, deficit reduction, and so on was not because Obama treated them too arrogantly or refused to address the deficit seriously.

No former American president in memory has so publicly rebuked his successor the way that Barack Obama did today to Donald Trump. The former president is expected to be a fixture on the campaign trail this fall, notes CBS News.

Obama, who has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office, took a step back into the political realm on Friday when he critiqued Trump and Republicans. One commentator sniped that it was Obama "lectures" that give the U.S. Trump. "I found that he's very, very good for sleeping". When most Republican elites who are skeptical of Trump use the word "normal", they have in mind the policy agenda supported by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Former President Barack Obama speaks to a full crowd at the University of IL campus in Urbana on Friday.

Trump, at a rally later in the day, said he had been asked what he thought of Obama's speech.

In many ways, Obama spoke beyond Trump - calling him the "symptom not the cause" of a broader crisis in American democracy - indicting the Republican Party for what he described as timidity in failing to reject the politics of conspiracy theories and resentments.

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"Out of this political darkness, I'm seeing a great awakening", Obama said, imploring the crowd of young people to get politically involved ahead of the November midterms, calling it the "most important" election in their lifetime.

"It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents", Obama said. He criticized Republicans for taking credit for an economic recovery that began under his presidency, and for enabling Trump to pressure the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to punish his political enemies. "And we're sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers!"

The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up".

Barack Obama's post-presidential retreat into the private world seems to be over.

"As a fellow citizen, not as a president, but as a fellow citizen, I am here to deliver a message", said Obama.

Obama's remarks come as the midterm election enters full swing.


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