Barack Obama takes aim at Donald Trump’s handling of coronavirus

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Barack Obama laid into US President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus, his culpability in national discord and his overall fitness for the job as he campaigned for Joe Biden.

Mr Trump's predecessor in the White House told a drive-in campaign rally in Philadelphia that Mr Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, can mend a fractured country.

He lauded the merits of democracy and citizenship as "human values" that the United States must again embrace.

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Former US President Barack Obama addresses Biden-Harris supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
El expresidente Barack Obama habla en el estadio Citizens Bank Park en un acto de campaña en favor del candidato presidencial demócrata Joe Biden el miércoles 21 de octubre del 2020, en Filadelfia. (AP Foto/Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama arrives to speak at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
People listen as former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
People listen as former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama arrives to speak at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Children listen as former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
People listen as former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
People wait for a campaign event with former President Barack Obama at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Camille Yates raises a campaign sign as former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The campaign stop is the first in-person event for the former president on behalf of his former vice president. Biden is polling ahead of President Donald Trump in this battleground state that Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Former US President Barack Obama addresses Biden-Harris supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former US President Barack Obama arrives to address Biden-Harris supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former US President Barack Obama addresses Biden-Harris supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former US President Barack Obama addresses Biden-Harris supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Sozi Tulante (L) and his two daughters Zolana 7, and Sengele 9, gather to listen to former President Barack Obama speak at a drive-in rally while he campaigns for Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joseph Biden on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today is the first in-person campaigning for former President Barack Obama who is campaigning for the Biden Harris ticket. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in rally while campaigning for Democratic nominee Joseph Biden, on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Biden is polling ahead of President Donald Trump in this battleground state that Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Biden-Harris supporters gather for a drive-in rally with former US President Barack Obama in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Former US President Barack Obama talks to a young child while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at community event on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today is the first in-person campaigning for Former US President Barack Obama who is campaigning for the Biden Harris ticket. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Anna Marie Powell and her son Antwyne Powell wait to hear former US President Barack Obama speak at a drive-in rally while he campaigns for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today is the first in-person campaigning for former President Barack Obama who is campaigning for the Biden Harris ticket. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Biden-Harris supporters gather for a drive-in rally with former US President Barack Obama in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 21: Former US President Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at community event on October 21, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today is the first in-person campaigning for Former US President Barack Obama who is campaigning for the Biden Harris ticket. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Former US President Barack Obama speaks with supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris during a roundtable in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2020. - Former US president Barack Obama hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden today in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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He said: "America is a good and decent place, but we've just seen so much nonsense and noise that sometimes it's hard to remember."

Mr Obama's visit to Philadelphia underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the Rust Belt state that helped deliver Mr Trump the White House four years ago.

Pennsylvania is the battleground state that Mr Biden has visited the most this campaign season, and Mr Trump has prioritised the state as well, aware that his path to victory would narrow considerably without the state's 20 electoral votes.

The former president said: "I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or continue my policies, but I did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously."

Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park (Matt Slocum/AP)

He added that Mr Trump "wants full credit for the economy he inherited and no blame for the pandemic he ignored".

He disparaged the Republicans' "shameful" attempts to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act while always promising a replacement.

"It's been 'coming in two weeks' for the last 10 years. Where is it? Where is this great plan to replace Obamacare?" he asked. "There is no plan. They've never had one."

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