Obama takes aim at U.S. coronavirus response in online graduation speech

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Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized some officials overseeing the coronavirus response, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

His remarks were surprisingly political and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.

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“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” he said.

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“A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

Obama did not name U.S. President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials.

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As he congratulated graduates and commiserated over the difficult world they face,

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