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Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

What he's saying: [D]uring the debate, Trump was asked, 'What is your plan for the new phase of COVID, ' which is a pretty good question considering that we just saw the highest number of cases spike up yesterday. So you think he'd be ready for a response," Obama said.

  • "Instead, he just said it wasn't his fault and he didn't have one. He said it's now gone in a bunch of states just as states are reaching new record highs nationwide," the former president told the crowd, who honked their car horns in support at the socially-distanced drive-in rally.
  • Trump "doesn't have a plan. He doesn't even acknowledge the reality of what's taking place, all across the country," he added.
  • "We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook that showed them how to respond before a virus reached our shores."
  • "I knew [Trump] would not embrace my vision. I knew he wasn't going to continue my policies. But I did hope that for the country's sake, he'd show at least a little bit of interest in taking the job seriously."
  • "Donald Trump isn't going to suddenly protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself. "
  • "[T]he rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done. At least, 220,000 Americans are dead. More than 100,000 small businesses have closed."

The bottom line: "This election requires every single one of us. What we do in these next 10 days will matter for decades to come," Obama said.

Go deeper... Obama: Trump emboldens people to be "cruel and divisive and racist"

Go deeper

Jan 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Obama speechwriter fears Biden unity drive is one-sided

Cody Keenan (right) is shown heading to Marine One in December 2009. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."

Mike Allen, author of AM
30 mins ago - World

Airbnb doubles number of Afghan refugees it will house to 40,000

Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.

The big picture: The housing typically lasts several weeks, and Airbnb and Airbnb.org provide subsidies to hosts.

Florida lawmaker introduces abortion bill modeled after Texas law

A view of the old Florida Capitol building, which sits in front of the current new Capitol building, in Tallahassee. Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday modeled after Texas' new law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or roughly six weeks — before many people know they are pregnant.

Why it matters: Similar bills introduced to the Florida legislature have failed, but that was before the Supreme Court declined to block Texas' law, which is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, according to AP.