Just a day earlier, Obama had criticised the President for his relationship with Russian President Vladmir Putin and for failing to condemn white supremacists previous year in Charlottesville. In the other Orange County race, Gil Cisneros, a Democratic philanthropist and Navy veteran, is vying for an open seat created by retiring Republican Ed Royce.
"After [a Kool & the Gang] concert, because we were teenagers, you could still kind of hang out in the park, and so we went into the gondolas, and I'm ashamed to say this - so close your ears, young people - but a few of us were smoking on the gondolas", Obama said of his time at Occidental, before he transferred to Columbia University for his junior year.
Obama's speech was a preview of the arguments he will make on the campaign trail - partly in an attempt to reach out to voters in parts of the country he won in 2012, but which voted for Trump in 2016.
Earlier this week, an unnamed White House official penned a New York Times opinion piece, claiming the president's worst impulses were tempered by "adults in the room", who ensured he did not act to the detriment of the United States on issues such as foreign policy.
"I have to say this", Obama said during a speech on Friday at the University of IL. But "it did not start with Donald Trump", he said.
Obama, who is 57, said the greatest threat to USA democracy comes not from any single individual, or even from any group of billionaires seeking to dominate the nation's politics.
"This President and this Congress are hitting people right in the pocket book and people see that", Cox said, arguing Obama will offer them an image of Democratic leadership. Cynicism has led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on Election Day. For example, former USA president George W. Bush declined to criticize Obama during the latter's eight years in office - although both politicians (and the congresses they governed with) backed similar big spending, taxpayer-funded bailout method of governing.
Obama finished his 30-minute address by exhorting the hundreds of Democrats in attendance to work as hard as possible to elect Democrats in November's midterm elections.
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He drove northbound on Highway 89 Thursday night, but delayed is trip back to West Sacramento until Friday because of the traffic. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but was listed as "human"- meaning it could have been accidental or purposely started.
One of the nation's top election battlegrounds just attracted the Democrats' biggest star, former President Barack Obama. "What happened to the Republican Party?"
Six of the seven Democratic congressional candidates the rally is being held on behalf of were in attendance. "Suddenly, deficits don't matter, even though just two years ago, when the deficit was lower, they said, 'I couldn't help working families or seniors because it was, the deficit was, in existential crisis".
In the 2016 election Hillary Clinton beat President Trump by four million votes in California.
In response, Obama urged unity.
Republicans say they aren't concerned.
The objective for Democrats now is to ride against Trump supposition and turn out voters in November. "Barack Obama wasn't ready for America", said Bongino.
President Obama is expected to deliver a similar message in Cleveland on Thursday, when he campaigns on behalf of Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for OH governor, and other Democrats.