After weeks of pushing the "Russian hacking" narrative, mostly through White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama is finally admitting that Hillary "lost badly" in her presidential bid by failing to make an argument to people in the Midwest that inspired them to "show up." In an "exit interview" with NPR, Obama said that Democrats face "structural problems" with their base clustered in urban areas on the coasts which requires presidential candidates to make their case to swing voters in the Midwest, something he says Hillary failed to do. Per The Hill:
"There are some things that we know are a challenge for Democrats — structural problems," he said.
Obama noted that Democratic voters are often clustered in urban areas and on the coasts.
"So as a consequence, you've got a situation where there're not only entire states but also big chunks of states where, if we're not showing up, if we're not in there making an argument, then we're going to lose," he said.
"And we can lose badly, and that's what happened in this election."
Perhaps the President is admitting that a little less golf in his second term might have been beneficial to his party?
Of course, when pressed on whether the electorate understood the democratic argument and simply chose to reject it, Obama assured NPR that that simply couldn't be the case. As Obama has told us many times, if anyone disagrees with his position on a certain policy then it is simply because they must not fully understand it.
Obama said he doesn't think the Democratic Party's problem is its core argument. The values presented by the Democratic Party have strong support, he said, citing the minimum wage.
"There are clearly, though, failures on our part to give people in rural areas or in exurban areas, a sense day-to-day that we're fighting for them or connected to them," he said.
A lot of people, he added, don't know about the Obama administration's push for collective bargaining or overtime rules and are not aware of all the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Finally, proving that he still has no idea what happened last month, Obama once again blamed Fox News and Hillary's failure to adequately pander to the right people...Obama's words are much more subtle than ours, of course.
"Some of it is the prism through which they're seeing the political debate take place."
"So part of the reason it's important to show up, and when I say show up, I don't just mean during election time, but to be in there engaging and listening and being with people," he said, "is because it then builds trust and it gives you a better sense of how should you talk about issues in a way that feel salient and feel meaningful to people."
To quote Judge Jeanine Pirro from this weekend, the American people "rejected you and everything you stand for," Mr. President. The American people rejected the idea of catering a message "in a way that feels salient and feels meaningful" to each individual group while doing absolutely nothing after election day. The American people chose action over meaningless political narratives.