Barack Obama Botches Ron DeSantis Name During Campaign Rally in Miami

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Wisconsin Democratic candidates, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
AP Photo/Morry Gash

Former President Barack Obama held a rally in Miami on Friday, but he botched the name of the Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis, calling him “Rick” instead.

Obama criticized Republicans for refusing to expand Medicaid in Florida.

“Those are families. Rick DeSantis wouldn’t even try!” he said, urging his supporters to support Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum instead.

The former president rallied in Miami, Florida on Friday for Senator Bill Nelson and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum, but he was interrupted four different times by hecklers.

“One of the things I never understood was why if you are supporting the other guy you come to my rally?” he asked one of the hecklers. “Go to their rally. Don’t come hollering here.”

Obama grew more annoyed as opposing hecklers continued to interrupt him.

“Why is it the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time?” Obama asked after he was interrupted again. “When I won the presidency, at least my side felt pretty good. … Even the folks who are in charge are still mad because they are getting ginned up to be mad.” 

Obama delivered a lengthy speech criticizing President Donald Trump and Republicans but started to lose his voice at the end of his speech.

He urged Democrats to choose a “better” kind of politics.

“Do we want a politics where people are yelling at each other and making lewd gestures in front of the children? You can’t do that! In front of mama?”


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