Karl Rove: Obama's commencement speech 'a political drive-by shooting'

Former White House strategist Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Hillicon Valley: Hospitals brace for more cyberattacks as coronavirus cases rise | Food service groups offer local alternatives to major delivery apps | Facebook says it helped 4.4M people register to vote White House getting pushback on possible government-owned 5G network MORE on Monday accused former President Obama of a “political drive-by shooting” after Obama criticized the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic in a virtual commencement speech Saturday.

“It is so unseemly for a former president to take the virtual commencement ceremony for a series of historically black colleges and universities and turn it into a political drive-by shooting,” Rove said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“This is a moment where these young graduates could be inspired to a life of service, to recognize that life is going to bring challenges and how we handle the challenges is going to demonstrate our character. There are lots of positive messages that the former president could have delivered,” Rove added, accusing him of “slandering” President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE and Vice President Pence.


Obama did not directly reference either Trump or Pence in the speech, but he did criticized the federal response to the coronavirus.

“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 they’re doing," he said. "A lot them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

The former president went on to say, “If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you. With everything suddenly feeling like it's up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative. Nobody can tell you anymore that you should be waiting your turn. Nobody can tell you anymore ‘this is how it’s always been done.’ More than ever, this is your moment — your generation’s world to shape.”

Obama last week sent out a tweet that also received a lot of attention. It said, "Vote."