It strikes me (and not for the first time) that Obama must detest Hillary Clinton:
President Barack Obama still believes in the message of “hope and change” he campaigned on in 2008 — so much so that he believes it could have delivered him a third term over Donald Trump had the Constitution allowed him to run again.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, on Monday’s “Axe Files” podcast. “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.”
Poor old girl. She’s a hard worker, just like Trump said. But she just doesn’t have my pizazz.
By Obama’s assessment, Clinton performed “wonderfully under really tough circumstances.” But there were problems: Obama accused the media of “wildly” amplifying Clinton’s flaws because of a double standard…
Oh, there’s a double standard all right, President Obama, but I don’t think it’s the one you think it is (not that he really thinks that, by the way, but he’s hoping his acolytes will).
The funny thing—the really odd thing—is that “hope and change” is exactly what propelled Trump to victory too, although of course that wasn’t Trump’s explicit slogan. But “hope and change” has no specific meaning in terms of left or right. Hope for what? What sort of change? Trump campaigned on hope that the change would be towards the political right, towards the reinstatement of traditional American values of liberty, towards economic recovery, and towards America’s pre-Obama role in the international world as strong defender of liberty and the countries that foster it.
More from Obama:
“Obviously in the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that, somehow, it really was a fantasy,” he said, referring to the message of hope and change. “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. And the problem is, it doesn’t always manifest itself in politics, right?”
Funny thing, isn’t it? In this phrase—“the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism”—Obama has described Trump’s message. Now, you may not think he can accomplish it. You may not even think he means it (I tend to think he means it, especially the “energy and dynamism” part). But it most definitely was and still is his message.
[NOTE: Here’s the 22nd Amendment.]