- Former President Barack Obama took some shots at his fellow Democrats, calling them ‘buzzkills’ and lamenting cancel culture in an interview Friday
- Obama, speaking to four of his former employees on the Pod Save America podcast, said that not being a buzzkill gives him satisfaction
- ‘Sometimes Democrats are [buzzkills]. Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells,’ he said
- Obama added that his fellow Dems should learn from what he felt were his mistakes as president, like being too professorial
- The former president will spend the last few weeks leading into the midterms stumping for some of those Democrats in Georgia and Wisconsin
Former President Barack Obama took some shots at his fellow Democrats, calling them ‘buzzkills’ and says their rhetoric forces people to ‘walk on eggshells.’
Obama, speaking to four of his former employees on the Pod Save America podcast, said that some people within his party need to cool down the temperature and understand that everyone makes mistakes.
He said: ‘Sometimes Democrats are [buzzkills]. Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.’
Obama added that his fellow Dems should learn from what he felt were his mistakes as president, saying: ‘I used to get into trouble whenever, as you guys know well, whenever I got a little too professorial and, you know, started … when I was behind the podium as opposed to when I was in a crowd, there were times where I’d get, you know, sound like I was giving a bunch of policy gobbledygook.’
He noted: ‘That’s not how people think about these issues. They think about them in terms of the life I’m leading day to day. How does politics, how is it even relevant to the things that I care the most deeply about?’
Pod Save America is hosted by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.
The former president will spend the last few weeks leading into the midterms stumping for some of those Democrats, including Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock in Georgia, as well as Mandela Barnes and Tony Evers in Wisconsin.
Obama makes his first stop in Atlanta, where Stacey Abrams is taking on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on November 8. She lost a close race to him in 2018.
As in 2020, Georgia may also once again decide which party controls the Senate.
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is facing a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker, a football star making his first bid for public office.
After campaigning in Atlanta on October 28, Obama has planned stops the following day in Detroit and Milwaukee for events to help get out the vote.
Obama is expected to highlight Democratic accomplishments, but also raise the alarm over the state of American democracy.
‘The thing that I think sometimes we seem to make a mistake on is his behavior can be so outrageous,’ Obama said about Trump. ‘And now, folks who try to copy him and his outrageous behaviors, get a lot of attention. And so we join that game.’
In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is running against Tudor Dixon, a onetime commentator for a conservative online program who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Michigan voters also are deciding whether to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.
In Wisconsin, Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and become the state’s first Black senator.
Barnes, who is from Milwaukee, the state’s largest city and home to the largest group of black voters, has been trying to energize black voters in a race that a Marquette University Law School poll this past week showed Johnson with an apparent lead.
Obama also hopes to give a boost to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who is being challenged by Tim Michels, a construction company co-owner who is endorsed by Trump. Marquette polls for months have shown that race to be about even.
The former president also offered his advice about Trump, who continues to tease the possibility of running for president again in 2024.
‘We spend enormous amounts of time and energy and resources pointing out the latest crazy thing he said, or how rude or mean some of these Republican candidates behaved,’ Obama said.
‘That’s probably not something that in the minds of most voters overrides their basic interests — Can I pay the rent? What are gas prices? How am I dealing with childcare?’
According to the Washington Post, a 2020 poll by Gallup rated Obama as the second most admired man among Americans, just slightly behind Trump and ahead of President Joe Biden.
‘The great thing that I think we have going for us is, is that even with really slim majorities, what we’ve shown is, is that we can deliver,’ Obama on the podcast.
‘You’ve got the Inflation Control Act that has lowered prescription drug prices, has made sure that health care is even more affordable through the ACA, that is looking at lowering energy costs. You’ve got a gun bill that is the first major piece of gun safety legislation that we’ve seen in 30 years.’