Barack Obama on the election: ‘This is not Coachella’

Former President Barack Obama reemerged on the political scene on Friday with a speech where he stressed the importance of voting, while noting that it’s not quite as exciting as a certain music festival held every April in Indio.

Obama, who knows the desert well (especially the golf courses), stressed that people shouldn’t stay home this fall just because they “don’t feel sufficiently inspired” by a particular candidate. “You cannot sit back and wait for a savior,” Obama stated. “You can’t opt out because you don’t feel sufficiently inspired by this or that particular candidate. This is not a rock concert. This is not Coachella. We don’t need a messiah. All we need are decent, honest, hard-working people who are accountable and who have America’s best interests at heart”.

The speech was about an hour long – so, naturally, Obama had a lot more to say than that. You can check out the entire speech here:

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