Former United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama has again attacked officials handling the coronavirus pandemic in a rare public rebuke of the President Donald Trump administration.
“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,” the former Democratic president said in an address to college graduates at the weekend.
He did not name his successor or specific U.S. officials in the address, which appeared to be pre-recorded.
“A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” Obama said during the speech, which capped a two-hour event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) broadcast on social media.
In a second address to the high school Class of 2020, Obama told graduating students that the pandemic means they would have to grow up faster than some other generations, and urged them to “do what you think is right”.
“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy. That’s how little kids think.
“Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up,” Obama added, in what appeared to be a dig at Trump and administration officials.