Barack Obama came out swinging against President Donald Trump in his first joint appearance with Joe Biden on the campaign trail Saturday.
He launched a blistering attack on Trump before Biden joined him on stage in Flint, Michigan, for their first appearance together.
Biden came running out to meet Obama after the former president introduced him to the crowd as the cars at the drive-in rally honked and supporters cheered. He wore a black face mask he removed to speak to the crowd.
'It kind of reminds you how good it can be, doesn't it, listening to him,' Biden said. 'It reminds me of when we can be when you have a president of character, a president respected around the world.'
The former president attacked his successor's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claimed Trump wants to let America get COVID, mocked his obsession with crowd size, called his policies 'racist,' and said Trump would lose people's jobs.
'They're trying to bamboozle you,' Obama warned the crowd of the Trump administration.
Fired up: Barack Obama gets on stage to campaign with Joe Biden for the first time, at a high school in Flint, Michigan
Stumping for Joe: Barack Obama took the stage to praise Joe Biden's character - and excoriate Donald Trump's handling of the COVID crisis
Enthusiastic reception: When one woman shouted 'I love you,' Ovama replied 'I love you too - now put that mask back on.'
Backing for Joe: Barack Obama said his former vice president Biden will help America heal of COVID and recover from economic devastation
Mockery: Barack Obama went after Donald Trump's performance in office saying: 'COVID COVID COVID – he's complaining. He's jealous of COVID media coverage,' he said as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country, hitting more than 9 million infections.
On his way: Barack Obama went to a high school in Flint for his appearance with Biden. Flint's African-American Democratic voters did not turn out in enough numbers for Hillary Clinton to bear Donald Trump in 2016
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He even mentioned his wife Michelle, one of the most popular Democrats in the country, and said they agreed it would be a relief to no longer have to think about Trump.
'This is a big benefit. Michelle and I were talking about this over dinner the other day, you're not gonna have to think about them every day. You're not gonna have to argue with your family about him every day. It won't be so exhausting,' he said.
Obama, in his introduction of Biden, touted his strength of character, giving a personal description of his former vice president.
'Joe Biden is my brother. I love Joe Biden and he will be a great president,' he said.
'That sense of decency and empathy. The belief in hard work and family and faith, the belief that everybody counts, that's who Joe is,' Obama said.
'I can tell you that the presidency doesn't change who you are. It shows who you are,' he said.
He attacked Trump's leadership, saying it led to racism in the country and brought out the worst in people.
'There are consequences to his actions. This is not just a joke. It's not funny, those actions embolden other people to be mean and defensive and racist,' Obama said.
Obama then pivoted to attack President Donald Trump, using the attack lines he has dropped in his previous appearances for Biden in Pennsylvania and Florida.
'You know, I said this before - I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision, I understood he didn't agree with my policies, but I did hope for the country's sake that he might show some interest in the job,' he said.
'He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency as anything more than a reality show to give him the attention that he craves,' he said.
'COVID COVID COVID – he's complaining. He's jealous of COVID media coverage,'