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Corona crisis: Barack Obama criticizes Donald Trump’s government

Reuters
  • Former US President Barack Obama has sharply criticized the government of his successor Donald Trump in the corona crisis.
  • “Many of them don’t even pretend to be responsible,” Obama said.
  • The ex-president spoke at a virtual graduation ceremony. Because of the corona virus pandemic, these celebrations could not take place as usual.

Former US President Barack Obama believes the corona crisis has exposed government leaders’ ignorance. The pandemic has shown more than anything else that those in charge do not always know what they are doing, Obama said in a speech for college graduates released on Saturday. “Many of them don’t even pretend to be responsible.” Obama called on graduates to take responsibility and take initiative.

Obama’s words are a rarely public criticism of the government of his successor Donald Trump. Obama called on graduates to take responsibility and take initiative.

The former US president spoke at a virtual graduation ceremony for universities. Due to the corona virus pandemic, these celebrations cannot take place in the usual way.

Obama also appeared on a one-hour show for high school graduates. This was a difficult time, but also a unique opportunity for young people to change the world, Obama said. Do not do what is comfortable and easy, but do the right thing, he told the students. Many so-called adults, including people with fancy titles or important jobs, would make it too easy for them. That’s why a lot of things are so messed up, Obama warned. Hold on to values ​​such as honesty, responsibility, fairness and mutual respect, he asked the graduates. “If you want the world to go ahead, you have to help,” Obama said.

Numerous stars also took part in the event, including Dua Lipa, H.E.R. and the Jonas Brothers. Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams and many other acting stars took part in the special “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020”. The virtual graduation ceremony was organized by basketball star LeBron James.

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