Obama on Biden’s Ability to Handle Pandemic: Would Not Quit on ‘Trying to Actually Bend Down the Curve’

Former President Barack Obama criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus as the pandemic continues to impact dozens of cities around the country.

During a socially distanced discussion with former Vice President Joe Biden, Obama discussed the dire state of the U.S. now faced with a public health crisis and economic turmoil.

After Biden — now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — expressed concern about Trump’s presumed lack of empathy. Obama recalled the outcome of the public health crisis they experienced during their tenure in the White House.

Obama said, “You and I had experience dealing with health crises, public health crises, and in each instance what you and I understood, and why I have so much confidence that you’re going to be able to deal with COVID in the way that other countries with our kinds of resources are dealing with it right now, which is smartly.”

See their exchange below:

Obama expressed confidence in Biden’s experience and ability to lead as he highlighted how he believes Biden’s leadership would differ in comparison to the current administration’s handling of the virus.

“I have confidence you’re going to actually listen to the experts,” Obama said. 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 and Biden’s discussion comes amid ongoing concerns about the alarming rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

Not only is the United States faced with a public health crisis but also a crisis that impacts the economy and education sectors of the country.

Back in May, President Donald Trump began pressing states to reopen in an effort to save the collapsing economy.

But unfortunately, the economy has not bounced back as quickly as the president may have hoped due to ongoing spikes in coronavirus cases that have prohibited businesses from fully reopening.

In fact, with more than 4.1 million coronavirus cases in the United States as of Thursday afternoon, The New York Times reports that spikes in coronavirus cases are so high, the number of cases now outpaces testing expansion.

During the discussion with Biden, Obama also explained why he believes it is impossible to “separate” public health from the economy.

“If you want the economy growing again, people have to feel safe,” Obama said.


  1. Please do enlighten us oh Lord and savior Obama on how you’d handle this virus less lethal than swine flu which you let kill literally 30,000 people before you even so much as mentioned what to do about it. I’m so sick of your hypocritical lying scumbag career politician ass. I don’t say this often and I can’t stress this enough this absolutely has nothing to do with race or religious beliefs. The world would be done a favor if Obama were to have a helicopter accident or yacht crash way out at sea. If George Soros was on that trip as well with absolutely no satellite phones or anything I think the world would maybe start to balance back towards relative peace.

  2. Looking at the comments on this and some other IJR articles, I’ve concluded that not only is there no administrative moderation of the comments, the people posting them mostly sound like FOXNEWS trolls, stupid and craven. Too bad, because I enjoy the IJR articles, but I don’t see a good side to continuing my subscription if it attracts such a depraved audience.

  3. Crazy John, you’re back. I missed you, you’re always good for a laugh. I guess you were busy commenting under another name. You have so many. Welcome back loony.

  4. One lies and the other swears to it. They made up the most corrupt presidency in modern times. 8 years of lies, accusations of racism every time the Obamanation didn’t get what he wanted, abandoning an ambassador, providing weapons to the drug cartels, funding ISIS and providing 90 % of their weapons, lying about getting Syria to destroy their chemical weapons, spying on all Americans, using a fake dossier to obtain FISA orders illegally to spy on an opposing party’s campaign, facilitating cheating by their party’s candidate, allowing the criminal Hillarrhoid to walk after she lied to Congress and violated 3 National Security laws, dividing America with his institutional racism and systemic racism speeches that got numerous police murdered (5 in Dallas alone), attempting to destroy Americas own energy so we’d be dependent on the Middle East again, destabilizing Libya, attempting to destabilize Israel, criticizing America overseas and in the UN, supporting HAMAS terrorists, etc. Too many to mention all. A Biden presidency would be a continuation of the corruption of the Obamanation. America can’t afford the BS of a Biden Presidency.

  5. Opsidian, looks like a few more besides Johnny Boy are coming out of the closet. It is great though that there are more and more of the silent majority being more reactive which will drive the libtards nuts by Nov 3.

  6. LMAO Obozo didn’t endorse Biden until the last minute. Such confidence. How did Obozo improve the country in 8 years? How did he improve Chicago? He needs to disappear and let the professionals do their jobs. Nobody saw George Bush opening his pie hole while Osama was president.

  7. The shithole dwelling Caucasian trash n*ggers below are

    still the assholes, idiots, imbeciles, and morons

    with their heads lodged in their rectums they’ve

    always been.

    Not good enough to be in the same zip code

    as either Mr. Obama or Mr. Biden.

    1. Porta-john the potty mouth is back. I thought your racism was banned for good. Maybe just a little time-out for you, or did you go flush yourself?

  8. The guys who almost destroyed the US in 8 years planning how they could finish it off with the CV.

  9. Biden would never quit, no matter how big a mess he made.
    And Obama, still showing he doesn’t have the class that all the previous presidents had.

  10. Hey Barry (who did such a stellar job against the Swine Flu) and Joe.

    Want to “bend the curve”? Tell the rioters to stop gathering. There’s a thought.

  11. “Bend down the curve” of what? In case Barry and Joe haven’t kept up the WuFlu has been declining over the past 12 weeks, outside of the spikes due to “peaceful rioters”.

    1. Polls are BS. Remember 2016’s landslide election of Hillary?

      Those who refuse to learn from history are idiots who destroyed statues.

      1. “Statues don’t hit back.” to paraphrase Bruce Lee.

        Except for that one idiot too stupid to get out of the way and now has alleged brain damage. (there has to be something to destroy, just like the Antifa say.)

  12. JEANNE-MARIE, again you nailed it!! The Obama administration did next to nothing for H1N1!!

    The media covered for black jesus’s ass by not reporting on it.

    Besides, everything Biden suggested he’d do differently, Trump has already done….

    ….Except for getting his son, Hunter set up with a sweetheart $billion deal with the lying Chicoms.

  13. One almost brain dead and the other a traitor to this country. Obama still thinks he is relative, I think not. Do us all a favor and go to the Muslim country of your choice.

  14. Very true statement because Biden not quit because he has no clue where to start.

  15. Your administration’s response to H1N1 didn’t come to be until six months into the virus; and then testing was abruptly stopped.

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