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- On Friday, September 7th, former President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a large group of mostly college students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Many believe the speech was a preview for the message he will be delivering in the months leading up to the November midterm elections.
- On Saturday, Obama campaigned in California in support of several Democratic candidates for the House, and this week he heads to Ohio to endorse Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray. It is reported that Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances.
- The former President has previously been largely quiet when it comes to the current political administration and climate, but his speech on Friday offered some of his most direct criticism of President Trump and his allies.
- Obama spoke of a backlash occurring against progress, stating "it did not start with Donald Trump, he is a symptom, not the cause. He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years," as well as: "the politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party."