President Obama is back in the public eye. He had been observing the time-honored tradition of giving the new president space to govern. But, given the upheaval of the Trump era, the erosion of democratic norms, and the fact that the midterms are coming up in November, Obama is back.
He gave a firebrand speech at a rally in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, but in typical Obama fashion, he left a little room for humor.
He told this gem of a story about the time that he was kicked out of Disneyland when he was young…
WATCH: President Obama tells a funny story about being kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes. The former president was in Anaheim for a rally in support of seven Democratic California congressional candidates competing in GOP-held districts. pic.twitter.com/oqx8Mr57Da— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) September 8, 2018
@BarackObama just opened his speech in Anaheim with a story from his college years about getting kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes on a ride. "This is a true story everybody, I was booted from the Magic Kingdom!" He can always come back, as long as he doesn't smoke!— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) September 8, 2018
The former President of the United States once got kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes.
People were here for his candor…
Alert: Obama may be reaching IDGAF phase. https://t.co/fylC55jJRr— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 8, 2018
It’s great!!— Beth Bryson (@maddezmom) September 8, 2018
Obama is wilding out, sharing an anecdote about how he and his friends smoked cigarettes while they were getting kicked out of Disneyland during a trip to California to see Kool and the Gang pic.twitter.com/f8AxEGyAWT— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 8, 2018
Others were just taken by the Kool and the Gang part…
President Obama talking about Kool & the Gang and getting kicked out of Disneyland ?? pic.twitter.com/w9cUJwjbnl— La Femme Nikita (@nicolenavega) September 8, 2018
I almost blew out my knee with a dance move to Kool & the Gang's song Jungle Boogie. https://t.co/BRIRcNORlA— Marg Helgenberger (@MargHelgen) September 8, 2018
obama is telling a story about coming to disneyland to see Kool & The Gang and smoking cigarettes— E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcS) September 8, 2018
"a terrible thing," he says (about the cigarettes)
“Let’s Groove Tonight” pic.twitter.com/aW5rkyelWT— #Waitron Unit (@roseang91266940) September 8, 2018
But most just missed him…
I miss @BarackObama so much I miss his dad humor and his storytelling the most. His words and his voice just have a way of calming me and making me feel good. ?❤️— Mandi Sveom (@spunky826) September 9, 2018
So do I. I'm happy he is speaking out and rallying the troops. Great human!— Nichola Blair (@ToriRob11) September 9, 2018
Brobama— Quantified Dave (@QuantifiedDave) September 8, 2018
Sasha and Malia like... pic.twitter.com/2dS7YhXmei— Caminetti (@Purely34) September 8, 2018
Remember when a President talking about smoking cigarettes was controversial? Ah, what a simple time.
But let’s not forget the reason why Obama was speaking in the first place…