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Obama to Dems: 'If We Don't Vote, Then This Democracy Doesn't Work'

Obama to Dems: 'If We Don't Vote, Then This Democracy Doesn't Work'
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By    |   Friday, 29 June 2018 07:50 AM

Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats not to wait for a political savior before they decide whether to go out and vote, Politico is reporting.

"Do not wait for the perfect message, don't wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you're expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, 'OK, I'll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote,'" he said. "Because that's part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much."

His comments came Thursday at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles.

They were his first public remarks in months, Politico noted.

"Boil it down, if we don't vote, then this democracy doesn't work," he said.

Obama never mentioned President Donald Trump by name during his address.

But he did say: "Telling people that somebody's out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that's an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it."

He said "the majority of the country doesn’t want to see a dog-eat-dog world where everybody is angry all the time," appearing to put Republicans in that category when he added,  "they're mad even when they win."

He also was critical of those who have attacked Obamacare.

"I am not surprised that instead of replacing what we had done with something better, they just have done their best to undermine and erode what's already in place," he said.

Obama did not address the separation of immigrant families, the travel ban and dodged a question about Justice Anthony Kennedy's announced retirement from the Supreme Court, Politico noted.

He spoke generally about how Republicans and Democrats tell "different stories."

"There's a fundamental contrast of how we view the world," Obama said. "We are seeing the consequences of when one vision is realized, or in charge."

And he said Republicans have left Democrats with an opportunity.

"Reality has an interesting way of coming up and biting you, and the other side has been peddling a lot of stuff that is so patently untrue that you can get away with it for a while, but at a certain point, you confront reality," he said.

"The Democrats' job is not to exaggerate. The Democrats' job is not to simply mimic the tactics of the other side. All we have to do is work hard on behalf of that truth. And if we do, we'll get better outcomes."

Obama has two more scheduled fundraisers in California on Friday.

CNBC reported that he is also expected to hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in advance of the midterms.

Sources told the network they expect to see him start making an impact in September.

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