Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama blasted Republican President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a video released on Thursday when the Biden campaign tapped the star power of America's first black president.
Biden, who was vice president of the Obama administration, sat across from the former president in a chair in a room to have a "socially distant" conversation.
Both men posted the video on Twitter, where Obama has 120.8 million followers, most on the platform.
Every day I hear from people telling me how important health care is to their families – well, it's deeply personal to President @BarackObama and me. I will fight to protect and build on Obamacare and ensure that everyone gets the care they need.
Check out our conversation: pic.twitter.com/ZyrBmLrjCJ
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden), July 23, 2020
"Can you imagine standing up as President and saying," It's not my responsibility? "Asked Biden Obama, referring to Trump's efforts to evade criticism of the pandemic.
"We couldn't get those words out of our mouths when we were in office," Obama replied.
In response, Trump attacked Obama and Biden on Twitter.
"Remember I wouldn't even be here if they weren't," he wrote on Thursday. "You did a terrible job!"
Obama, who wouldn't support Biden until everyone else finished the primaries (and even waited a long time!), Is now running a commercial to support them. Remember I wouldn't even be here if you weren't. I wouldn't be a president. You did a terrible job!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump), July 23, 2020
With traditional pandemic campaigns still pending, the video provided an insight into how Obama – still popular with democratic voters – can be used to spark enthusiasm for the November presidential election.
During her first face-to-face meeting since Biden as a suspected democratic candidate, she spoke about the need to extend the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare", her government's signature program, which significantly expanded US health insurance.
The Trump administration has petitioned the US Supreme Court to invalidate the ACA.
"It's hard to figure out who wants to take away people's healthcare in the midst of a major public health crisis," Obama said.
They also discussed Biden's ability to empathize, a trait that emphasized his campaign to contrast him with Trump.
"I don't understand his inability to get a feel for what people are going through," said Biden. "He can't tell anything in any way."
Obama said, "It is a sign of leadership when you are ready to hear other people's experiences."
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