President Barack Obama stunned listeners of David Axelrod’s podcast by announcing he was “confident” he could have won a third term. Granted, no president can serve for three terms. Still, there were plenty of voters who wished the president could have had a third run. What an exit interview Obama gave!
The president still believes that Americans agree with his concept of progressive hope and change. According to CNN, the president explained his position:
‘I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.’
The podcast aired Monday, and the president said:
‘I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.’
President Obama spoke about the vision he held and continues to hold:
‘In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy. What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism.’
On his friend’s podcast, here’s what he had to say about his own future:
‘I have to be quiet for a while. And I don’t mean politically, I mean internally. I have to still myself. You have to get back in tune with your center and process what’s happened before you make a bunch of good decisions.’
In this most unusual campaign, there really was no winner. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes, and Donald Trump won the Electoral College vote. That gave him the presidency.
The president strongly hinted that Democrats completely ignored wide swaths of voters, which allowed Trump to sweep in and take the election. Hillary Clinton should have reached out to the American worker, traveled to all the swing states, and made a strong case to help those people who may be working at a much lower salary.
President Obama made the case for those who have not benefited in this economic recovery:
‘If you think you’re winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer.’
Then the president pointed at what Clinton faced, such as the media mistreating her:
‘[She] performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances.’
The 50-minute podcast gave the president an opportunity to give his post-election analysis, focusing on the Democrats’ strategy, which totally missed the non-urban voters. He went on to talk about a media filled with negative Clinton stories.
Finally, the president said the Democrats did not connect with voters in economically hard-hit communities. Instead, Clinton fell back upon policy points. But that strategy just did not work:
‘We’re not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities, that we’re bleeding for these communities.
‘It means caring about local races, state boards or school boards and city councils and state legislative races and not thinking that somehow, just a great set of progressive policies that we present to the New York Times editorial board will win the day.’
Since President Obama cannot run again, what will he do? He says he will write a book about his presidency. The family wants to stay in D.C. until his youngest daughter finishes high school. That means he will be in the country’s capitol at least two more years.
Every president in recent memory has had a huge dose of charisma. Clinton was on low-to- empty for charisma, but President Barack Obama is rich with it. If only our president could have had a third term. President Obama we will miss you!
Axelrod held this informal exit interview for his podcast show, The Axe Files. For the whole interview, go to this link.
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