"The stakes really are higher. More often, it's manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege".
He later added: "This is not normal".
The Republican Party's refusal to compromise with Obama on health care, climate, deficit reduction, and so on was not because Obama treated them too arrogantly or refused to address the deficit seriously.
And in accepting Trump, Obama said, Republicans have abandoned many of their long-held guiding principles, like forgoing lower deficits in favor of tax cuts and maintaining a hard line with Russian Federation.
Obama stated that this was not how democracy worked, saying: "And by the way the idea that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the President's orders", he said.
Those districts are central to Democratic prospects of trying to secure a net gain of 23 seats needed to take control of the U.S. House.
On the stump in North Dakota, the 45th president mocked his predecessor's speech.
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He devoted a great portion of the speech to urge the students to vote. "I found he is very good, very good for sleeping".
Comedian Kathy Griffin summed up the celebrity sentiment over Obama's speech succinctly, saying, "I love him".
'It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say we don't target groups of people on how they look like.
The only thing they have to do, Obama said, is "show up". "We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we sure as heck supposed to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathisers".
Obama was referring to Trump's failure to quickly and directly condemn neo-Nazis who marched a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. He railed against everything from his successor's failure to condemn white nationalists after Charlottesville - "How hard can that be?"
Obama is also expected to campaign in IL and Pennsylvania later this month and headline a fundraiser for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in New York City, which is looking to reverse gerrymandering that has helped Republicans in some congressional districts.
"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years", he said. He also criticized Republicans in Congress for failing to hold Trump accountable. After all, if you think Republicans were mainly reacting to excessive debt rather than engaging in a racialized backlash, then the emergence of Trump as the party's standard-bearer after four years of putatively serious fiscal conservatism is a sharp change. "It's radical", said Obama.