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United States former President Barack Obama talks during the "Seeds&Chips - Global Food Innovation" summit, in Milan, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Obama is in Milan to deliver a keynote speech on food security and the environment, two issues that he has long worked on. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Obama told an overseas audience that 'you get the politicians you deserve.' Ouch.


Former President Obama spoke to an audience Tuesday at the Food Innovation Summit in Italy, warning those in attendance that they must participate in democracy or else, "you get the politicians you deserve," Politico reported

“People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don't work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve. And if you don't vote and you don't pay attention, you'll get policies that don't reflect your interest,” Obama said. 

WATCH | Obama spoke at the Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy. 

Obama has, for the most part, refrained from commenting on President Trump in public thus far in his post-presidential life. However, before Trump took office, Obama repeatedly argued he was unqualified to be president. 

Obama also offered indirect criticism of GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare this week, asking members of Congress to have "courage" when attempting to work out the issue of health care. He also thanked those members of Congress who prioritized helping him pass the Affordable Care Act over their own re-election needs. 

Obama's comments have drawn praise on social media. 

And criticism.

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