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Storyline: White House revives weekly address to push Biden’s agenda.


Former President Franklin Roosevelt was the first to make the addresses famous with his fireside chats, and they were later used by former President Carter as well.

The White House has launched a weekly address from President Biden, reviving a presidential tradition that was paused under former President Trump that seeks to offer another tool to advance the administration’s agenda.

The first installment was released Saturday morning on social media, with the president using the opportunity to tout the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package he is trying get pushed through Congress.

“We’re putting together a plan that provides for emergency relief to people who are in desperate need now,” he said in the taped segment. “Everything from mortgage payments to unemployment insurance to rental subsidies to food security for children. It provides for small, medium-sized businesses to be able to open.”


Biden’s inaugural address featured a conversation between the president and a woman identified as Michele Voelkert, 47, who lives in Roseville, Calif., and lost her job at a start-up clothing company due to the pandemic.

She had written a letter to Biden to discuss her dismissal, which she said was the first time she’d ever been laid off.


“Working is part of who you are,” Biden says in a clip of the pair’s conversation distributed on social media. “The idea that we think we can keep businesses open and moving and thriving without dealing with this pandemic is just a nonstarter.”

“I admire your sense of responsibility and your desire to work,” he added.

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Biden later spoke with Voelkert’s daughter, telling her she should be “very, very proud of your mom.”


It is unclear what format the conversations will take moving forward, but not every installment is expected to be the same as the phone call between Biden and Voelkert.

“We expect it to take on a variety of forms,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said on Friday.

The project is another way for Biden, known for his use of retail politics, to maintain his communication with voters even while the coronavirus pandemic forces Americans to remain indoors and away from one another.

Such a program had been maintained in past presidencies. Trump initially continued the tradition of a weekly address, which started under former President Reagan, but stopped after about six months.


Former President Franklin Roosevelt was the first to make the addresses famous with his fireside chats, and they were later used by former President Carter as well.

The addresses became a more regular feature of the presidency starting with former President Clinton in the 1990s and were adopted by former Presidents George. W. Bush and Barrack Obama.



Joe Biden appoints Obama vet, Susan Rice, Others


A tug of war over the agriculture post reportedly developed in recent weeks, with progressive congresswoman Marcia Fudge a leading candidate.

US President-elect Joe Biden announced several administration picks Thursday, including Obama-era officials such as former national security advisor Susan Rice as White House Domestic Policy Council director and ex-chief of staff Denis McDonough as veterans affairs secretary.

The appointments, laid out by Biden’s presidential transition team, highlight the diversity which Biden pledged to bring to his cabinet.


“This is the right team for this moment in history, and I know that each of these leaders will hit the ground running on day one to take on the interconnected crises families are facing today,” Biden said in a statement.

Rice, who is Black, had been a contender for secretary of state. But she was expected to face intense opposition from Republicans in the Senate confirmation process over her role in the Benghazi crisis of 2012, and that prestigious cabinet position went to close Biden advisor Antony Blinken.

Heading the Domestic Policy Council will assure Rice, 56, gets into the president-elect’s White House inner circle and see her influence key elements of Biden’s “build back better” agenda amid a surging coronavirus pandemic and strains over racial justice.

In this file photo taken on March 18, 2015, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks at a press conference in Washington, DC. – US President-elect Joe Biden announced several administration nominations on December 10, 2020, including Vilsack, Obama’s secretary of agriculture for two full terms, has been nominated to that same role under Biden. (Photo by Nicholas KAMM / AFP)

But it may be seen as a surprise appointment given her experience in foreign policy. The position does not need Senate confirmation.


He has been nominated to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, a sprawling government agency tasked with managing a health care network that serves nine million enrolled veterans.

Biden has repeatedly stressed that his presidency will not equate to a third Obama term, and yet Thursday’s announcement spotlights his close connection with his Democratic predecessor’s brain trust.


He named 69-year-old Iowan Tom Vilsack, Obama’s secretary of agriculture for two full terms, to the same role, which is seen as central to the coronavirus response as the department helps feed millions of Americans in need.

Instead, Fudge, 68, was nominated to serve as secretary of housing and urban development, a position whose profile could also rise as the pandemic fuels a potential eviction crisis.

Biden also chose international trade expert Katherine Tai to be the US trade representative.


Tai, currently the chief trade lawyer for the House Ways and Means Committee, would be the first Asian American and first woman of color in the USTR role.

The transition team also confirmed that Biden will travel to Georgia Tuesday to boost two Democratic candidates in tight run-off elections that will determine which party controls the US Senate.

The trip coincides with the start of early voting there next Monday.

The runoffs feature former journalist Jon Ossoff challenging Republican Senator David Perdue, and Raphael Warnock, pastor at one of the most prominent Black churches in America, running to unseat Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.


Biden narrowly won Georgia in the presidential race. The tight state contest has been challenged by President Donald Trump, who has made repeated accusations that the election was “rigged” and that massive fraud helped Biden win in Georgia and elsewhere.

No evidence has emerged to support such claims.



US Election: Joe Biden speaks, impresses muslims. [More topics..]


Supporters take to street across the US as Biden passes 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Muslims hail Joe Biden after promising to end Muslim ban in United States

The Council on American-Islamic Relations National and the No Muslim Ban Ever grassroots coalition have congratulated Biden, while urging him to follow through on his pledge to end the Trump-era Muslim travel ban.

“President-elect Biden has pledged to end the Muslim Ban on his first day in office, include Muslims at every level of his administration and address issues of racial and religious discrimination,” CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad

“We plan to join other American Muslim leaders and organizations in ensuring that the Biden administration fulfills these promises. We also plan to continue holding our government accountable when it errs,” he said.

In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a Trump policy that banned travelers from several Muslim majority countries, saying it was allowed if done for national security. Trump’s initial 2017 order separated families and left travelers stranded around the world, and has been derided as Islamophobic.


Biden to name COVID-19 task force on Monday

Biden plans to name a 12-member task force to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has reported.

The task force will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University, according to the news site.

The plan, which comes before Biden has appointed his cabinet or White House staff, is an apparent attempt to signal the pandemic will be histop priority.


New viral trend of Twitter: “You’re Fired”

“You’re fired” – Trump’s catch phrase from his days on the reality show The Apprentice trended on social media shortly after news organisations projected Biden’s victory on Saturday.

The phrase had been tweeted 384,000 times.


Reactions from the Globe amid Biden’s win

World reacts to Biden projected victory
From Canada to Iran, world leaders have reacted to Trump’s victory.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau tweeted to Harris and Biden: “I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both”.

In Iran, Hesameddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that Iranians “stood their ground bravely until that coward left” in an apparent reference to Trump.

Relations between Iran and the US have taken a turn for the worse since Trump in 2018 pulled Washington out of a major nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.


“America Detrumped” – PLO leader tweets

Palestinian Liberation Organization member and leader Hanan Ashrawi tweeted “America Detrumped” following the declaration.

“The world also needs to be able to breathe,” she added.

“Trumpism must be carefully scrutinized and remedied to restore the human, moral & legal equilibrium within and beyond the US”.


Sultan of Oman felicitate with President-elect, Joe Biden

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said has congratulated Biden on winning the election, the state news agency reported on Saturday.

Haitham bin Tariq sent a letter to Biden expressing “his sincere congratulations for winning the confidence of the American people and for his election as President of the upcoming presidential term”, the state news agency added.


India leader congratulate Biden, Kamala

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Joe Biden on his White House victory, and called his Indian-American running mate Kamala Harris a source of “immense pride.”

“Congratulations @JoeBiden on your spectacular victory!” Modi tweeted.

In a separate tweet to Harris, the prime minister wrote: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans.”

“Chitti” is a Tamil term of endearment for the younger sisters of one’s mother, which Harris used in her acceptance of the Democratic nomination for vice president. She is the first woman of color elected to the US vice presidency.


Emir of Qatar congratulate Joe Biden on his win

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has congratulated Biden and Harris for winning the US election.

“Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. My best wishes to the people of the United States and I look forward to working together to continue strengthening the friendship between our countries,” Qatar’s Emir tweeted on Saturday.


Republican, Mitt Romney congratulate Joe Biden

Republican Senator Mitt Romney, one of the few Senate Republicans who has publicly criticised Trump, has congratulated Biden.

Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump during a Senate trial after the president was impeached by the House.

“Ann and I extend our congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead,” Romney wrote.


European list expectation, cheers with Biden

European Union leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen hailed Biden’s election as president of the US on Saturday and called for stronger trans-Atlantic ties.

“I warmly congratulate Mr Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election and look forward to meeting him at the earliest possible opportunity,” European Commission president von der Leyen said. “The European Union and the United States are friends and allies, our citizens share the deepest of links.”


Jubilation in Biden’s hometown, Wilmington Delaware

Writing from Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden is set to address the nation at 20:00 ET (01:00 GMT) on Saturday, NRM said the scene was joyful and celebratory.

“People have begun to celebrate. It is still a small crowd, but it occasionally lets its voice be heard with celebrations… and cheers whenever more people join in,” he said.

“As much as this is a victory for Joe Biden and a defeat for Donald Trump, it is also a victory for Kamala Harris, a victory for the diversity and opportunity that the US has always prided itself in,” he added. “That being said, there are huge challenges that exist, there is discrimination that is endemic and institutionalised, as Biden himself has described it.”


German, France leaders reacts to Biden’s win

The leaders of Germany and France have congratulated Biden on his projected victory. Both leaders have had tumultuous relationships with Trump, who has taken an adversarial approach to NATO, while pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord and the Iranian nuclear deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tweeted: “I look forward to future cooperation with President Biden,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we are to master the great challenges of our time.”

Tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron: “The Americans have chosen their President. Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”


Barrack Obama Speaks

Obama has tweeted his congratulations to Biden, noting that the election results show the country is “deeply and bitterly divided”.

Obama urged all citizens to give Biden a chance, adding: “It will be up to not just Joe and Kamala, but each of us, to do our part – to reach beyond our comfort zone, to listen to others, to lower the temperature and find some common ground from which to move forward”.


Bernie Sanders, Alexandria tweets CONGRATULATIONS

Influential progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, who was the last Democrat to drop out the presidential primary, has tweeted his congratulations to Biden and Harris.

Sanders endorsed Biden, and advocated for his progressive base to embrace the more centrist candidate.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential progessive in the House of Representatives, also tweeted her congratulations:


Omar, Pelosi Warren sends message to Biden

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Biden’s victory over Trump is a “mandate for action”.

The Democratic leader said in a statement Saturday: “Today marks the dawning of a new day of hope for America”.

Meanwhile, progressive primary challenger Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Americans chose Joe and Kamala to lead us forward with purpose and moral clarity.”

Progressive Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota, tweeted: “We have not only voted out the most corrupt, dangerous president in modern history but have the opportunity to carry out the most progressive agenda our country has ever seen. Let’s get to work!”


Donald Trump’s Campaign reacts to Joe Biden’s win

A Trump supporter who attended Giuliani news conference reacted to the news of Biden’s projected victory to Noble Reporters Media

“It’s not done yet. Investigations are going to have to take place. There’s too many examples of tampering with the ballots, that kind of stuff,” Daren Sutter said. “In Philly especially. And Trump knew all this, Trump knew this was going to happen.”



Black Panther: Harris, Obama, Others pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman


Tributes pour in for the Black Panther actor, who portrayed Black icons throughout his career and died on Friday.

Former President Barack Obama has paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before launching to a new level of fame as the lead in the Black Panther superhero franchise, one of the few films in the Marvel universe to feature a predominantly Black cast.

Boseman died on Friday at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed,” Obama wrote on Twitter, referring to the first Black American professional baseball player who Boseman portrayed in the film “42”.

“To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years,” he wrote.


The president’s words were among a litany of memorials posted on social media from elected officials, actors, musicians on Saturday.

“A consummate professional, he absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero,” said a statement from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially have shown millions of Black and brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them. Chadwick – may you rest in peace eternally. Take your place among the greats. You earned it,” the statement.

Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, noted that she and Boseman had attended the same university.


“Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she wrote, referencing the mascot for the Howard University.

“He left too early but his life made a difference,” she wrote.

“The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even super heroes,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.

Chadwick Boseman died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer [File: Jordan Strauss/The Associated Press]

Meanwhile, the governor of Boseman’s home state of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, said all flags at the statehouse had been ordered to fly at half-staff on Sunday to “honor the life, contributions and memory” of the actor.


Colleagues also remembered Boseman.

“Chadwick was not only a deeply soulful and powerful actor, but he was such a kind, thoughtful, funny and gentle person. He brightened every ones day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his beautiful smile,” actress Scarlett Johansson, who co-starred with Boseman in three Marvel films, said in a statement.

“Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you!” wrote actress Viola Davis, who co-starred in, Get on Up, and the upcoming adaptation of August Wilson’s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, with Boseman.

“This broke me,” tweeted actor and writer Issa Rae.


Criticism: Obama launches attack at Donald Trump


Former US leader Barack Obama launched his sharpest attack to date on President Donald Trump on Thursday, condemning the use of federal agents against protesters and attempts at voter suppression.

“Today we witness with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans,” Obama said in a fiery eulogy at the emotional funeral service in Atlanta of civil rights leader John Lewis.

“We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” the former president said.

Obama did not mention Trump by name but he was clearly referencing moves by the Republican president, who used troops to clear protestors from Lafayette Square outside the White House and sent federal agents to put down demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.


Obama also took a jab at alleged Republican attempts to suppress the minority vote and Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting less than 100 days ahead of the November contest against Democrat Joe Biden.

“Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick,” he said.

Trump launched another broadside on Thursday against mail-in voting, which is expected to play a prominent role in November’s election because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump said. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”


– ‘Continue his cause’ –

Paying tribute to Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80, Obama said the congressman’s lifelong fight for African-Americans’ civil rights had paved the way for him to become America’s first black president.

Lewis, a 17-term Democratic congressman from Georgia, did “everything he could to preserve this democracy and as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause,” Obama said.

This screen grab from a video released courtesy of The Obama Foundation shows MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) Alliance Virtual Town Hall with President Obama on “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence” live streamed on June 3, 2020. THE OBAMA FOUNDATION / AFP

“As long as young people are protesting in the streets hoping real change takes hold, I’m hopeful,” he said. “But we can’t casually abandon them at the ballot box. Not when few elections have been as urgent on so many levels as this one.”

Lewis’ funeral service was also attended by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and House speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Former president Jimmy Carter, 95, was unable to attend but sent a letter which was read out to the mourners in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr served as pastor in the 1960s.

“His enormous contributions will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come,” Carter wrote.

Bush, a Republican, said he had his “differences” with Lewis, a Democratic stalwart, but “we live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis.”

“He believed in humanity and he believed in America,” Bush said.


In his tribute, Clinton referenced a column that Lewis wrote to be published in The New York Times on the day of his funeral service.

“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” Lewis wrote.

“So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

File photo: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event about regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

“It is so fitting that on the day of his service he leaves us our marching orders,” Clinton said. “I suggest we salute, suit up and march on.”


Before Thursday’s funeral, Lewis’ body lay in state at the US Capitol, a rarely bestowed honor, so Americans could pay their final respects.

On Sunday, a lone caisson carried Lewis’ body across the Alabama bridge where in 1965 a policeman fractured his skull during a protest that helped forge his reputation as a fearless civil rights leader.

Lewis’ death came in a year during which “Black Lives Matter” protests against police brutality have brought thousands onto US streets, underscoring the still-raw depths of the country’s racial history.

Lewis grew up in the Alabama city of Troy. His parents were sharecroppers, and he once worked in a cotton field. While attending segregated schools, Lewis was inspired by the peaceful protests of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King.


U.S’20: Barrack Obama endorse Joe Biden for presidency.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the White House in March 2015. Obama declined to play a public role in the Democratic primary. Pete Souza-The White House

Former United States President, Barack Obama has declared support for Joe Biden as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.

Obama made the declaration in a live stream event shared on his Twitter page.

He urged lovers of the country to also support Biden for President

Trump is the Republican Party candidate for the U.S. 2020 Election.

Obama said, “I’m proud to endorse my friend @JoeBiden for President of the United States. Let’s go:

“For all of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals – now’s the time to fight for what we believe in.

“I’ll see you on the campaign trail as soon as I can.”

Meanwhile, United States Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday endorsed Joe Biden as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.

His support will now calm nerves as Biden will go into the nomination, coming up in a few weeks, unopposed.


U.S Economy: Trump, Obama fights on Twitter. (Who deserves credit?)

President Donald Trump berated his predecessor, Barack Obama, as each sought credit Monday for the booming U.S. economy.

The robust U.S. economy – including the low 3.6% unemployment – is a central talking point for Trump on the campaign trail.

However, Obama appeared to take a subtle dig with a tweet earlier Monday marking the 11th anniversary of the 2009 economic stimulus.

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama posted on Twitter.

Trump blasted back, accusing Obama of doing a ‘con job’.

“Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers….”

As USA Today reported, Democrats responded by praising Obama’s tweet and arguing that Trump is reaping the benefits of the work his predecessor did.

Republicans, however, accused Obama of seeking credit for Trump’s policies, an argument Trump echoed later.

“He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers,” Trump posted of Obama.

Trump has argued that his emphasis on reducing regulations and the 2017 tax bill has spurred economic growth

Democrats noted that unemployment and stock prices began increasing under the Obama years as they bounced back from the Great Recession, a trend that continued into Trump’s presidency. Trump loyalists pointed out that the unemployment rate is at its lowest point in decades while the stock market has been hitting record highs.

“With an economy this good, it’s no wonder Barack Obama is trying to take credit,” Scalise said. “But I believe the saying is: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ @realDonaldTrump made that happen.”

Barrack Obama

Donald Trump

Who do you think deserve the credits?


Climates change impossible under Trump’s watch – Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama expressed disappointment that fuel standards introduced under his tenure are being rolled back, telling audiences: “I instituted higher fuel-efficiency standards on cars, and the subsequent administration has now tried to actively reverse them.”

Obama made these comments on January 23 at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, where he spoke at an event held by the Economic Club of Canada and the Global Institute for Conscious Economics. It is the first in a four-part series discussing new ways of thinking about the future of work.

As the Canadian press first reported, Obama revealed his frustration at seeing environmental policies introduced during his time at the White House be reversed by the current administration. The most recent example being the replacement of a 2015 rule redefining the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), announced yesterday.

Referring to the Trump Administration’s roll-backs of fuel standards introduced when he was president, Obama said: “If we can’t even do that, where we’re going to say, ‘We’re not going to drive gas guzzlers’ when other countries don’t even have cars, then it’s going to be almost impossible to solve the problem.”

When it came to the discussing the climate crisis, Obama said a “surge of energy” is needed from citizens to place pressure on industry to take control of greenhouse gas emissions. He highlighted the part taken by the younger generation, who are taking up the environmental mantle of through student strikes and other forms of climate activism.

Greta Thunberg got a call-out, with Obama praising her ability to speak for a generation.

“Which is why you have somebody like a Greta Thunberg who gets so much traction,” he said. “Because she speaks for a generation that is going to have to deal with this mess in a way that somebody like me, who’s 58, is not going to have to deal with it.”

Obama previously praised Thunberg in a series of tweets celebrating “the courageous, committed young leaders” stepping up to save the planet on Earth Day.

“They’re people like 16-year-old @GretaThunberg, whose protests at Swedish parliament sparked a movement,” the former president said at the time. “Inspired by Greta’s action, Fridays for Future brought together more than a million strikers on every continent last month to demand action on climate.”

Obama also emphasized the role industrial countries have to play in helping developing countries so that they can “leapfrog our development models” and achieve a good living standard without harming the Earth.

“We have to figure out how do we give them the opportunity to enjoy a reasonable standard of living while still preserving the environment,” he said

He argued it was unreasonable to simply tell developing nations to stop emitting greenhouse gases after industrialized countries like the U.S. and Canada spent so long emitting their own.

At other points during the event, Obama touched on mental health and the skills needed to navigate the future economy—according to the former president, those include imagination, empathy and creativity. Newsweek has contacted the Economic Club of Canada for further details about Obama’s remarks