Barack Obama tore into an awakened culture and notions of purity yesterday in an apparent warning to liberal factions amid a tense democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020.
Barack was accompanied on Tuesday by his wife Michelle at their annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, where the former first lady also told those present: & I cannot scare people into black people. & # 39;
Barack said separately: & # 39; This idea of purity and you have never been compromised and you are always politically awake and all that kind of thing, you have to get over that quickly.
& # 39; The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good things have mistakes …
Barack Obama said: & # 39; This idea of purity and you have never been compromised and you are always politically awake and all that kind of thing, you have to come across so quickly & # 39;
Michelle Obama was accompanied on stage by her brother and told about her childhood and compared her experiences with what immigrants encounter today
& # 39; Like tweet or hashtag about how you did something wrong or used the wrong verb, or then I can sit back and feel good about myself: "Man, do you see how awake I was? I called you from."
& # 39; You know that is not activism, that does not bring about change. & # 39;
In response to the comments, Jen Paski, a former Obama assistant, told CNN's Don Lemon that she believed the comments were aimed at challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.
& # 39; Sometimes the reaction to Donald Trump has been to perform the purity tests that say that if you do not meet these bars and are not present on every issue and do not check every box, you cannot be part of the party. & # 39; Paski said.
& # 39; If we launch purity tests and say: & # 39; You can't be part of us & # 39 ;, then we have such a small party that we can't win. & # 39;
Those comments are in line with the feelings of the hopeful White House Andrew Yang, who tweeted in June: “I understand the impetus, but identity policy is a great way to lose elections. We have to bring people together. & # 39;
Michelle Obama spoke separately with her brother, Craig Robinson, about their youth and Michelle compared her experiences with those that immigrants are confronted with today.
She said she wanted to remind whites that they were running away from & # 39; us & # 39; and that they are still running.
Michelle added that & # 39; artificial things & # 39; such as the color of a person's skin and the texture of their hair can divide countries.
& # 39; I can't scare people to black people. I don't know what's going on, I can't explain what's going on in your head – but maybe if I show up every day as a human being, a good human being, maybe that work takes the scrubs of your discrimination away. & # 39;
Michelle and Barack Obama both spoke at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where their three-day summit will be held with lectures by activists, including Ava DuVernay and singer Mavis Staples.
The summit is held in the city while the couple outlines their vision of the Obama Presidential Center.
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear together on stage after the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on Tuesday
Michelle Obama (right) is sitting on the lap of her mother Marian Robinson, while her father Fraser is holding her brother Craig. The family moved to the south side of Chicago in the 70s
The Obamas in front of the White House during President Barack Obama's second tenure. Michelle Obama said: & # 39; As the first black first family, America and the world have had the chance to see the truth about who we are as black people & # 39;
The center is planned along the South Side waterfront in Chicago. It's close to where Obama started his political career and lived with his family.
The $ 500 million center is expected to house a public library location, host multimedia collections, and include community programs.
President Obama, 58, who opened the summit at a dinner on Monday, said the South Side was the right place for the couple's post-White House foundation and the final presidential library.
& # 39; It was normal for Michelle and I to say, "Well, we should do it in this place," where I became a man and where Michelle grew up and where our children were born, "he said.
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