Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Former president Barack Obama and the Coronavirus pandemic.
Former president Barack Obama criticized the nation’s leaders for bungling their handling of the coronavirus pandemic Saturday, accusing them in twin commencement addresses of not “even pretending” to be in charge and asking the wrong questions.
These comments came in a speech to high school graduates broadcast by major television networks and a similar streamed speech for graduates of 74 historically black colleges and universities across the United States, which also included his first public comments on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man shot when two white men attempted to stop him while he was jogging near his hometown of Brunswick, Ga.
Obama did not mention his successor, President Trump, by name. But the comments echoed criticism of the Trump administration that Obama leveled last month in a video endorsement of former vice president Joe Biden. Obama said then that the pandemic had shown that “having leaders who are informed and honest and seek to bring people together” matters.
In the speech to high school students, he went further by saying it had revealed not only that many adults lack the right answers, they are not even asking the right questions.
“Do what you think is right,” Obama told the students. “Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so called grownups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way which is why things are so screwed up.”
Obama mentioned racial, gender and economic inequity in both addresses, saying the current economic and health crises had revealed much about the country.