Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis

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Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis
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Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis
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Showcasing the online campaigning tactics that are likely to dominate the final months of the 2020 presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden and his old boss, former President Barack Obama teamed up for a socially distant conversation to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the steps they believe need to be taken to right the American economy and the nationwide push for racial justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

The in-person discussion, filmed last week at the Obama Foundation’s office in Washington, D.C. features both Obama and Biden clad in black face masks as they arrive for the conversation, as the two discuss their incredulity at President Donald Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

“Can you imagine standing up when you were president and saying, ‘It’s not my responsibility. I take no responsibility.’ Literally. Literally,” Biden said.

“Those words didn’t come out of our mouths when we were in office,” Obama said as the shot of him exiting his car is seen.

“No. I don’t understand his inability to get a sense of what people are going through,” Biden said. “He can’t relate in any way.”

Without mentioning him by name, President Obama took aim at his successor’s handling of the current coronavirus pandemic while expressing his optimism that his former vice president could help the country recover if elected.

“I have confidence that you’re going to actually listen to the experts. And you’re going to pay attention to the science, and you’re not going to quit on trying to actually bend down the curve of disease and transmission rates,” Obama told Biden.

The pair also discussed their administration’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lamenting the president’s attempts to do away with the law during the coronavirus pandemic, and defending their work as a starting point for health care coverage in the United States.

“It’s like a starter house. It’s the first house you get and it’s not the end of the process it’s the beginning of the process,” Obama said of the ACA.

“Remember what I used to say? It’s like Social Security when it’s first passed,” Biden added, noting the expansion of the program over time.

The images are the first of the two men appearing together in person during the 2020 campaign, and come months after Obama formally endorsed Biden in April.

You can read the rest of John Verhovek and Molly Nagle’s article at ABCnews.com

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