President ‘I have a pen and a phone’ Obama, who famously used the power of government to force citizens to buy crappy health insurance plans, is apparently very concerned about authoritarian politics.
He plans to speak about it while accepting yet another award next week.
The Hill reports:
Obama to urge rejection of ‘authoritarian politics and policies’ in speech
Former President Obama will accept an award for ethics in government next week and deliver a speech detailing the “challenges and opportunities facing our country.”
Obama will receive the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government during a ceremony on Sept. 7, the school and Obama’s office announced Thursday.
“Next week, President Obama will offer new thoughts on this moment and what it requires from the American people. He will expand upon several of the themes from his summer address, including that America is at its best when our democracy is inclusive and our citizens are engaged,” Katie Hill, the communications director for Obama, said in a statement.
“He will echo his call to reject the rising strain of authoritarian politics and policies,” she continued. “And he will preview arguments he’ll make this fall, specifically that Americans must not fall victim to our own apathy by refusing to do the most fundamental thing demanded of us as citizens: vote.”
Remember all the speeches George W. Bush gave while Obama was president?
Neither do we.