Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail — just not for himself.
The former President took the stage Thursday for his first campaign event since leaving office, a canvas kickoff for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey, and Sheila Oliver, who is running as his lieutenant Governor, in Newark Thursday.
Obama did not address President Donald Trump’s false accusation that his predecessor failed to call any Gold Star families during his time in the White House; he did not mention President Trump or any member of Congress by name. He did however, disavow political divisiveness and deride what he coined backward looking policies.
“Some of the politics we see now we thought we’d put that to bed. Thats folks looking 50 years back,” he told a cheering crowd at the invite-only event. “It’s the 21st century not the 19th century.” He also noted his administration’s accomplishments, touting the thousands of jobs created during his tenure, and the people who became insured under the Affordable Care Act.