Obama feels the Bern

Glenn Thrush interviewed President Obama in the White House for a Politico podcast. Thrush’s report is posted along with the audio here. You will probably want to miss it, but I enjoyed Obama’s take on Bernie Sanders:

Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose,” he said. “I think Hillary came in with the both privilege — and burden — of being perceived as the front-runner. … You’re always looking at the bright, shiny object that people haven’t seen before — that’s a disadvantage to her.

Bernie Sanders has turned the corner on 25 years or so in Congress. What does it say about Obama’s Democratic Party that this grumpy geezer socialist is “the bright shiny object that people haven’t seen before” in his challenge to Hillary Clinton?

Now “the bright shiny object that people haven’t seen before” is actually a good description of Obama’s emergence against Clinton in 2008. This time around, coming from Obama, it sounds like a pure case of projection.

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