Over the weekend, former president Barack Obama impressed folks with his mature way of dealing with protesters at a campaign rally. Media outlets could not help drawing a comparison between him and the current president.
Obama stopped by Georgia and Florida on Friday to campaign for Democrats including Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum.
As usual, spectators met his speeches with resounding applause, but there were also those who were there to cause a distraction.
Rolling Stone reported that hecklers almost marred his Miami rally stop, but unlike the current president, who enjoys telling his supporters to assault hecklers physically, Obama was civil and addressed the protesters calmly.
One of them threw off profanities and Obama scolded gently yet firmly:
“Sir, sir, don’t curse in front of kids, come on. Don’t do that in front of them, come on.”
The heckler was eventually escorted out and an impressed crowd began chanting “Obama! Obama!!”
“We’re okay,” the former president said, after which he joked: “You know what? This is what I look forward to, is having a few hecklers to get me back in the mood. You know, it’s like, I enjoy that. You always gotta have a few in order to know that you’re on the campaign trail.”
Obama also touched on the dangers of divisive politics, and when a heckler interrupted him not too long after, he wondered why “folks who won the last election are so mad all the time?”
“When I won the presidency, at least my side felt pretty good,” he recalled. “It tells you something interesting that even the folks who are in charge are still mad because they’re getting ginned up to be mad.”
Earlier, Obama wondered why protesters would interrupt a political speech anyway. In his opinion, “If you support the other candidates, then you should go support the other candidates.”
Obama also spotlighted the false healthcare promises made by Republicans.
“Suddenly Republicans are saying they’re gonna protect your pre-existing conditions when they’ve literally been doing the opposite,” said the former president. “That’s some kind of gall. That’s some kind of chutzpah,” he said. “Let’s call it what it is: it’s a lie. They’re lying to you.”
A 2017 poll also found that majority of Americans wish Obama were still president instead of Trump because of the former’s stance on health care. At the time, more than 50% of Americans disapproved of the attempts to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).
After his Miami speech, Obama, Democratic nominees Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson headed to a local taco place in Wynwood, Florida. The former president is said to have left a $40 tip.
In September, millions of fans got emotional after the Obama Foundation released a video where Obama spoke about the night he won the presidential elections.
Comments like "Now, this is a PRESIDENT!! Gosh, I miss him dearly!!" and "My heart gets all warm when I hear him speak.. really be wanting to cry if I'm honest" show that Obama is dearly loved and missed as president.