Obama hopes to persuade Georgia's voters
On December 1, former Democratic President Barack Obama stopped by in Georgia to campaign once again on behalf of incumbent senate candidate Raphael Warnock. And as was the case when Obama was last in Georgia, he used his campaign address to question credentials, motivation and intellectual suitability of Republican candidate Herschel Walker.
Referring to a recent televised speech in which Walker spent 2 minutes during a campaign speech making extensive and bizarre references to vampires and werewolves, Obama mocked the Republican for his depth of thought and once again challenged his intellectual suitability for representing Georgia in the Senate.
"Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia like if it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf... This is a debate that I must confess I once had myself... when I was 7"
His statement may have drawn a few laughs from the crowd, but it was on point too. Few who witnessed Walker's speech will consider that it represents the political issues facing them right now.
Beware the "celebrity who wants to become a politician"
During his previous campaign speech in Georgia on October 28, Obama was similarly critical of Walker, drawing comparisons between the former NFL star and the one-term former president Donald Trump.
Commenting on Walker - the former star of the NFL - Obama was particular stark in his assessment of the Republican's motivation, and the potential consequences if he were to win:
"Seems to me he's a celebrity who wants to be a politician. We've seen how that goes."
It was a clear reference to the one-term Republican president Donald Trump, who prior to running for the White House, was similarly inexperienced as a public servant.
"There is very little evidence that he has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about or displayed any kind of inclination towards public service or volunteer work or helping people in any way. At least we don't really know about it, and that does make you suspect."
Walker strikes back
At the time, Walker responded to Obama's comments, pointing out all the other things he has achieved in life:
"I created businesses; I sit on a publicly traded board. So those are things I've done outside of football. Put my resume against his resume. I put it up any time of the day, and I think I've done well,"
Whether those are the skills and experiences that will bridge the gap between celebrity and public office remains to be seen, if he should triumph in the runoff. Quite how he should respond to the comments about his vampire fascination remains unclear.
Republicans rally behind Walker
Meanwhile, some Republicans have been trying to rally behind Walker and offer their own endorsement and encouragement to voters ahead of the runoff on December 6. Controversial Republican for Georgia's District 14, Marjorie Taylor-Greene offered her endorsement via her newly reinstated personal Twitter account.
Referring to Walker's past as a football player for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, she claimed:
"It'd be great to have a dog up there in the Senate."
The time for campaigning is almost over and soon the runoff election will be complete. At that time, the effects of Obama's speeches and MTG's support of Walker will emerge.
Do you think that Herschel Walker would be a suitable Senator for Georgia? Do you think that Barack Obama has made some reasonable remarks when questioning Walker's motivation and capacity for fulfilling public office? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.