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Obama criticises US COVID-19 response in virtual graduation speech

Washington: Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticised some officers overseeing the coronavirus response, telling faculty graduates in an internet graduation tackle that the pandemic reveals many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour live-streaming occasion for traditionally black faculties and universities broadcast on YouTube, Fb and Twitter.

His remarks had been surprisingly political and touched on present occasions past the virus and its social and financial impacts.

“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” he mentioned.

“A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Obama didn’t title President Donald Trump or another federal or state officers.

As he congratulated graduates and commiserated over the tough world they face, the previous president famous the February capturing demise of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was killed whereas jogging on a residential avenue in Georgia.

“Let’s be honest: A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communicates have historically had to deal with in this country,” Obama mentioned.

“We see it in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our communities, just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning.”

Obama may even ship a televised prime-time graduation tackle later Saturday for the highschool Class of 2020 throughout an hour-long occasion that may even characteristic LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, amongst others.

(PTI)

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