Obama And Angela Merkel Hold Speaking Event In Germany - The Crowd Goes Wild

It’s only been a shade over four months since former President Barack Obama left office, but he keeps creeping back into the spotlight. It happened again this week, but it wasn’t because another batch of vacation photos miraculously appeared in the press or because he landed another high-priced speaking gig. This time, Obama appeared at a public debate Thursday in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As the Daily Mail shares, Obama was resoundingly welcomed by the assembled crowd, and he quickly showed that his legendary oratorical skills were still intact.

“We can't isolate ourselves. We can't hide behind a wall,” he said. “In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child. You can't distinguish between them in terms of their worth or inherent dignity.”

He would be sure to tout his record from his time in office, and he assured those in attendance that everything was peachy keen on the Obamacare front.

“My hope was that I was able to get 100% of people health care while I was president. We didn't quite achieve that, but we were able to get 20 million people healthcare who didn't have healthcare,” he said. “Certainly I have some regrets. Obviously, some of the progress that we made is now in peril ... but the point really is for those 20 million people, their lives have been better.”

Obama would go on to explain that he’s quite clear his time in office has come to a close, be he feels that he has a whole lot more to give on the political front.

“I often say that in politics or at least what I used to say about the presidency is that I saw myself as a relay runner. I would take the baton and I would run my leg of the race. and then I'd pass along the baton to someone else,” he continued. “And again that's part of the reason why I'm so interested in talking to young people today, because each generation tries to make progress knowing that what we do is not going to be perfect is not going to solve every problem.”

In most relay races, the guy that hands off the baton doesn’t proceed to sprint past the one he handed the baton to so that he can remain in the spotlight. That fact seems to be lost on the former president, but perhaps he’ll get the hint when the raucous welcomes evolve to polite golf claps.

Source: Daily Mail
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