Obama Vents: "I'm Frustrated The Way This Campaign Is Covered," "The Press Just Gives Up" Against Trump

President Obama vented his displeasure at the media and the way the presidential campaign has been covered at a Hillary Clinton-less campaign rally for Hillary Clinton. Obama ventured out on the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nominee Tuesday in Philadelphia by himself, Clinton is on bedrest for contracting pneumonia. "Guys in the back, I'm just telling you the truth about how I feel about this," Obama said, giving the media a heads up before he excoriated them. "I'm not running this time but I sure do get frustrated with the way this campaign is covered. I'm just telling the truth. Guys in the back, I'm just telling you the truth about how I feel about this," he said. "Do you mind if I just vent for a second?" the president asked the crowd. Obama said the media lets Trump reap disqualifying comments over and over again and then "just gives up." "Donald Trump says stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president," Obama said. "And yet because he says it over and over and over again, the press just gives up and then you says, well, yeah, you know, okay. They did stuff -- 'I was opposed to the war in Iraq.' Well, actually, he wasn't, but they just accept it." <blockquote>PRESIDENT OBAMA: So, my most important message is we cannot take this election for granted. We've got to fight for this thing. There are serious issues at stake in this election behind all the frivolous stuff that gets covered every day. Let me just make a comment about that, because -- look, I'm not running this time but I sure do get frustrated with the way this campaign is covered. I'm just telling the truth. Guys in the back, I'm just telling you the truth about how I feel about this. Do you mind if I just vent for a second? You know, the -- you don't grade the presidency on a curve. This is serious business. And when we see folks talking about transparency. You want to debate transparency? You've got one candidate in this race who's released decade's worth of her tax returns. The other candidate is the first in decades to refuse to release any at all. You want to debate foundations and charities? One candidate's family foundation has saved countless lives around the world. The other candidate's foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then bought a six-foot tall painting of himself. I mean, you know, he had the taste not to go for the ten-foot version. You want to debate who's more fit to be our president? One candidate who's traveled to more countries than any secretary of state ever has, has more qualifications than pretty much anyone who's ever run for this job, and the other who isn't fit in any way, shape or form to represent this country abroad and be its commander-in-chief. So, somehow as things go on because we've become so partisan, our standards for what's normal have changed. And Donald Trump says stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president. And yet because he says it over and over and over again, the press just gives up and then you says, well, yeah, you know, okay. They did stuff -- 'I was opposed to the war in Iraq.' Well, actually, he wasn't, but they just accept it.</blockquote>