Many ‘aren’t even pretending to be in charge’, former US president says

Former US president Barack Obama has criticised some officials overseeing the coronavirus response, saying the pandemic shows many arent even pretending to be in charge.
Mr Obama spoke on Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
His remarks were surprisingly political and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.
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 theyre doing, he said.
A lot them arent even pretending to be in charge.
Mr Obama said the pandemic was a wake-up call for young adults, showing them the importance of good leadership and that the old ways of doing things just dont work.
Doing what feels good, whats convenient, whats easy thats how little kids think, he said. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way ? which is why things are so screwed up. I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others.
Mr Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials.
As he congratulated graduates and commiserated over the difficult world they face, the former president noted the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (25), who was killed while jogging on a residential street in Georgia in February.
Lets be honest: A disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communicates have historically had to deal with in this country, Mr Obama said.
We see it in the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our communities, just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesnt submit to their questioning.
Mr Obama went on to deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the high school Class of 2020 in which he urged the young graduates to be unafraid despite the current challenges facing the nation and to strive to be part of a diverse community.
Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed and set the world on a different path, he said. PA, New York Times