Obama attacks Trump for abusing his role as president

'He's shown no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.'

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August 20, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Former President Obama gave a full-throttled endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee on Wednesday evening. Photo by (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Former President Barack Obama delivered an unsparing attack on President Donald Trump at the virtual Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, accusing his successor of using the nation’s highest office to help himself and his friends, and treating the presidency like a “reality show” to get “the attention he craves.”

Speaking from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia under the convention night’s theme of “A more perfect union,” Obama accused Trump of failing to take the job seriously, resulting in a massive death toll due to the pandemic, job and economic losses, and a diminished U.S. standing around the world.

“He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said to a prime-time national audience.

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