HuffPo Turns On Obama: He Presided Over The "Destruction Of The Democratic Party"

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In yet another "exit interview" earlier this week with David Axelrod, Obama took the opportunity to remind us once again just how awesome he is.  In doing so, he noted that he was "confident" he could have beaten Trump in 2016 and implied that Hillary lost, not because of his failures in the White House, but because she was lazy, complacent, boring and arrogant...although his word choice was way less direct and more on the passive aggressive side.

Apparently these passive aggressive attacks didn't sit well with the Huffington Post's senior political editor, Sam Stein, who appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe with some rare honesty about Obama's political legacy.

"Yeah, I mean this was as much a dig against Clinton as it was Trump from President Obama."


"You look at the destruction of the Democratic Party under Barack Obama’s leadership and you have to wonder, what was the political -- what were the electoral benefits that he gave to the party?”


“He leaves them in a much worse position.  The states are decimated, they lost control of the House and Senate, the governorships are decimated.”


"Maybe [Obama] is a gifted candidate. He won election twice by substantial margins, but his legacy as a politician is a bit muddied by all that.”

Careful who you attack, President Obama, the HuffPo likes you but not if you're going to attack their chosen one.


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For those who missed it, here are the details of Obama's interview with Axelrod from earlier this week.

The ever humble Barack Obama has just wrapped up yet another "exit interview," this time with democratic political operative David Axelrod, in which he effectively throws the entire Hillary team under the bus for not connecting with voters while declaring that he would have beaten Donald Trump.

While recognizing that "a lot of people" now think that his whole "Hope & Change" mantra was nothing more than "a fantasy," Obama said he was confident he could have "mobilized a majority of Americans" where Hillary failed because he is better able to articulate the message of "Hope." The full interview with Axelrod can be heard on CNN.

"In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy," Obama said of the hope-and-change vision he heralded in 2008. "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."


"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," Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the "The Axe Files" podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.


Somehow Obama still seems to be convinced that the American people are simply longing for a few more eloquent speeches from polished politicians rather than actual change in Washington.  That said, for some reason we doubt voters chose Trump for his "eloquence"...big league.

Not satisfied with simply reminding us once again that he would have beaten Trump, Obama also decided to take a few more parting shots at Hillary by basically describing her as lazy, complacent, boring and arrogant...not in those exact word, of course.

"If you think you're winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer," he said, adding later he believed Clinton "performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances" and was mistreated by the media.


"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," he said. "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."


Meanwhile, Obama also reminded us that he'll use his retirement to recruit and develop "young Democratic leaders" including organizers, journalists and politicians and that, unlike previous presidents, he plans to be vocal in his opposition to Trump's policies.

He said part of his post-presidential strategy would be developing young Democratic leaders -- including organizers, journalists and politicians -- who could galvanize voters behind a progressive agenda. He won't hesitate to weigh in on important political debates after he leaves office, he told Axelrod.


Following a period of introspection after he departs the White House, Obama said he would feel a responsibility as a citizen to voice his opinions on major issues gripping the country during Trump's administration though he would not necessarily weigh in on day-to-day activities.


"At a certain point, you make room for new voices and fresh legs," Obama said.


"That doesn't mean that if a year from now, or a year-and-a-half from now, or two years from now, there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn't just a debate about a particular tax bill or, you know, a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy that I might not weigh in," Obama went on. "You know, I'm still a citizen and that carries with it duties and obligations."


Obama's first acts out of office, however, will be lower-profile. He said he'll focus on writing a book and self-analyzing his time in office. Obama and his family plan to live in Washington while his younger daughter finishes high school.


"I have to be quiet for a while. And I don't mean politically, I mean internally. I have to still myself," he said. "You have to get back in tune with your center and process what's happened before you make a bunch of good decisions."

While we're happy to see that Obama has de-emphasized the "Russian hacking" narrative in his official talking points, we continue to be stunned by his blissful ignorance to the true underlying causes of Hillary's loss.

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whatamaroon's picture

That's gotta be 'Fake' news.

knukles's picture

Hah ha ha ha
All the Progressive shit ultimately comes home to bite

Say, and what about the dammage wrought to America, her allies (if any are left) and millions of innocents about the globe?
And they're worrying about the damamge to the Democratic Party.

Self centered narcissistic ego maniacial immature .... ... never mind

weburke's picture

Still, you want HIM rather than killer clinton group in control of dem party. The biden faction if you will.

Manthong's picture

Jimmy Carter is ebullient now.

CheapBastard's picture
Good one !!! schadenboner Taking really, REALLY immense delight in the misfortune of some loathesome person-like creature. Well beyond garden-variety schadenfreude, a case of schadenboner lasting beyond four hours means the tumescent owner must seek medical attention.
nmewn's picture

Immense, vein throbbing, euphoric, climactic pleasure ;-)

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Careful, you'll put your eye out. ;-)

Troll Magnet's picture

sam stein is a zionist jew pretending to be an american "journalist.""
of course he's mad at obozo now that he's screwed his motherland.

ZRizzo's picture

Obama did one thing right!  He'll be blacklisted for life after that fiasco.   But, give the man credit for standing up as the only president since JFK to the zioturds in Israel.  Bravo!

new game's picture

shhhhhhhh, last thing we all want is these idiots figuring out their failures...

maybe people, 50 percent, still hold dear to their life experience, the concept called!:LIBERTY!

now, if they would just drink the kook aid...


Stuck on Zero's picture

I can only say that Obama did for the Democratic party what Bush did for the Republican party.

nmewn's picture

Cool ain't it?

Now having the freedom of not feeling compelled to defend the indefensible, the possibilities are endless. We never asked for much really anyways, stop & reverse the growth of the federal governments intrusive reach into our daily lives and balance the damned checkbook, if they can't do those two minor things there is not much need for them.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Huff Poo, a complicit and willing partner of Team Hillary®, is now scurrying around like another rat on a sinking ship, hoping nobody remembers their part as revealed by Wikileaks.

Watching them all turn on each other is so entertaining.

cheka's picture

he got all the negroes stirred he's got that going for him

philipat's picture

Fortunately, the Dems cannot begin to rebuild until they accept reality, which they seem to be having difficulty with? The fact is they (dishonestlly) put forward an establishment-controlled criminal serial liar as their candidate. Despite the fact that definition applies to almost all politicians, the sheeple don't like it when it becomes too obvious...

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Lennon died leaving Yoko behind. So too did co -HuffPo founder Breitbart die, leaving us with Ariana 

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"...Dems cannot begin to rebuild until they accept reality,..."

When your entire worldview rests on blaming others for the state of things, by definition, you dont accept reality. It really looks like a mass psychosis that projects onto others their own failings.  

New_Meat's picture

And then we can sit back, smoke a ceegar, and put our feet up, and keep enjoying the show.  Oh, and call for medical attention after four hours ;-)

Antifaschistische's picture

"What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion that..." men really are women, and if you can dream big enough boys, you may even get pregnant...but even if you don' can put on a skirt, take some estrogen, and use the girls bathroom.  Never stop hoping....

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Dear Deep State hacks, are you done withe the "fatherless bright child, CIA spook kids" brought up to be Prez from 18 years old. See Bubba and Barry.

Donnie Duvanie's picture

I'll give 50:1 odds that Sam Stein dies by plane crash, rather than a two-bullet suicide.

Croesus's picture

Impeached? Try imprisoned, along with every other professional con artist in office...

Then, there's the list of "people" who deserve fates worse than prison, e.g. John McCain, Harry Reid, Linsey Graham, Nancy Pelosi, ad nauseum.

Son of Loki's picture

On the other hand, it's telling that Americans hated George Bush so much they voted for this black jackass.

Tiwin's picture

.....and got a complete continuation of all Bush policies!
Well played Oligarchy!

The Merovingian's picture

Correction: It takes a village idiot!

b/c that is what they all are ... FUCKING IDIOTS!

Fuck I would love to take a blow torch to this whole fucking thing we call 'government'.

Yes, I've been drinking .. Jameson and Guinness .. I'm Irish, what can I say.

Yen Cross's picture

 Don't forget Feinstein, Boxer, and Moonbeam.  Also Chuckie Schumer, and that asshole Neocon King from N.Y.

  Shit! Now you got me on the roll- Just jail both houses of congress.


Overfed's picture

Jail 'em all. Let God sort 'em out.

Mark Urbo's picture

O-hole the arrogant...

What a mess he has left the country

nmewn's picture


"The states are decimated, they lost control of the House and Senate, the governorships are decimated.”


TBT or not TBT's picture

Best election night at least.  Up till then it was way way too fucking close.    Hillary Clinton, for fucks sake, had ANY support.   

Son of Loki's picture

I love the day prior to election when the left wing media shills were having orgasms left and right as they swore on their mother's graves Hillary's chances are 99% of winning.



It's no wonder they're still having nervous breakdowns after having looked like 100% fools.

...ooops! I'm sorry, the politcially correct term might be "post-traumatic stress disorder" from Donald's landlside victory!

Verga Biendura's picture

but strangely, no jumping from the 20th-something floor by any of the left wing. How sad!

hawaiian waverider's picture

he is better able to articulate the message of "Hope." 

He's still clinging on to the message of "Hope" as if after 8 years maybe a sliver of that hope would have produced something like..I dunno...results?  

yogibear's picture

Was that a photo of David Axlerod with Obama?

Another criminal.

Cynicles's picture

He didn't start The Fed, nor didhe end it...

hannah's picture

affirmativeaction in ACTION....a minority can never be wrong, critized, reviewed or graded like a whie male worker. they are always perfect.....obama didnt do anything different than the majority of the minority workers i have been around. the difference is that the world is now crumbling and experiance and intelligence is beginning to be important again but the left cant give up.....

marathonman's picture

Plus BO had that criminal idiot Ben Bernanke with his debasing the worlds reserve currency by 75% to prop up his stupid insurance cartel disaster.

Son of Loki's picture

If you dare criticize a liberal or God forbid a minority you are automatically screamed at as a homophobic, xenophobic, Nazi with ties to right wing extremist groups.



ZRizzo's picture

This POTUS poked bibi in the eye before leaving while the new potus is sucking his d*ck before even taking the presidency.  Even Dr. David Duke's gotta be surprised by it.  LOL.

aqualech's picture

Worse than "w"? I call it a tie.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Hint: Progressive have got bat-shit crazy, but we have a 'one-party system', status quo rules, and neoliberalism rules, and neocons populate the Democratic party as much as the RHINOS. Hillary is a Neocon. Barack is a Neocon.

But you knew that. I just wonder about the new guys from Reddit or 4chan.