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President Obama is Back

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 7, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 7, 2018 |


President Obama returned to the fray today, giving a speech to an auditorium of students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the speech, Obama returned to a lot of old themes about reaching to everyone, about the importance of a healthy democracy, and about the need to vote. He also went after Trump and the Republicans on several occasions, unleashing an Obama-like fury (restrained, measured) as though he’d been saving it all up for the last two years.

There’s nothing here that you can’t find for yourself, but the least I could do is put together some of the best quotes from the speech. It’s good. It’s very good. It’s vintage Obama, and while part of me is terrified of how the Republicans will use him — and this speech — to motivate their own base, I think it will be far more effective in turning out not only Democrats but those Independents and young people who are straight-up sick of it all.

On the NYTimes Op Ed:

On taking a little credit where credit is due:

On the Republican party:

On Nazis:

On young people and indifference and Obama’s call to action.


No, really: Vote.

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