A Democrat, who likes to reminisce about his time as president, revealed his former second-in-command is just doing unfinished business in the Oval Office.
Barack Obama openly admitted President Joe Biden is using the Oval Office to grant his predecessor’s wishes.
“I think that what we are seeing now, is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job [I started,]” the former president told the New York Times’s “Ezra Klein Show.” “I think it will be an interesting test.”
Obama suggested he influences nearly every Democrat who served in his administration and still works in federal politics. His opinion affects various party policies concerning the Affordable Care Act, climate change theory, and the Paris Agreement on environmental protection.
“Ninety percent of the folks who were there in my administration, they are continuing and building on the policies we talked about,” he said. “[This even includes] figuring out how do we improve the ladders to mobility through things like community colleges.”
The Democrat made the controversial remarks while discussing how he led the United States through the global financial crisis recovery. He did not mention former President Donald Trump’s greater economic successes that continued until the Chinese Communist Party Virus pandemic began in 2020.
Obama then claimed the Biden administration would have “an impact” on the currently divided political landscape if they are “successful” at winning a second term in office.
“Does it override that sort of identity politics that has come to dominate Twitter, and the media, and that has seeped into how people think about politics?” he said. “Probably not completely but at the margins—if you are changing 5 percent of the electorate—that makes a difference.”
Obama predicts the Biden administration might also change political polarization by significantly modifying the previous social reform agenda from President Trump’s time in office.
“I was both a manifestation of the more progressive views that young people brought to politics in 2008, and 2009, 2010, and I think my presidency helped to solidify a huge tilt in the direction of progressive politics among young people,” he said.
“That is now continuing into their 30s as the millennials, and even the Gen Zers, are starting to marry and have families, who know their political identity has been shaped and changed in pretty significant ways,” he added.