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Obama: Leaders 'aren't even pretending to be in charge'

Obama: Leaders 'aren't even pretending to be in charge'”

"The timing is not ideal", Obama said according to the Washington Post.

Later Saturday, during a second televised commencement address for high school seniors, Obama panned "so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs" who do "what feels good, what's convenient, what's easy".

During his commencement address today, which was delivered to graduates from several dozen historically black colleges and universities, Obama said the Covid-19 outbreak had exposed failings in the country's leadership.

"More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain that so numerous folks in charge know what they're doing".

Since leaving office in 2017, Obama has typically refrained from criticizing his successor following a tradition among former USA presidents.

In keeping with tradition, America's first black president has up until now avoided publicly criticising his successor, despite frequently being attacked by Mr Trump.

Obama said the pandemic has been especially devastating to black Americans, while also referring to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed earlier this year by two white men in Georgia while he was jogging.

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A group of protesters march from the Glynn County Courthouse to a police station after a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga.

He said racial inequalities in the USA were made apparent "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 question".

"Injustice like this isn't new".

"If the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you", he said. And then, just as you're about to celebrate having made it through, just as you've been looking forward to proms and senior nights, graduation ceremonies, and - let's face it - a whole bunch of parties, the world has turned upside down by a global pandemic. The event will honor the 27,000 students graduating from 78 historically black colleges and universities.

The ceremony, carried by all the major American television networks, flashed between stirring speeches and performances students and celebrities alike, including basketball superstar Lebron James and singers the Jonas Brothers.

"It would have been bad even with the best of governments".



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