Former President Barack Obama called Democrats “buzzkills” who are too worried about getting “words right” during a Pod Save America podcast on Friday.
“Democrats can be [buzzkills], right? Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells… and that all of us at any given moment can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.”
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) October 14, 2022
He even faulted himself for sounding too “professorial” at times while making policy speeches during his presidency.
“I think we do get into trouble. Look, 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,” Obama said. “And 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?”
More real and grounded
Obama recognized that when Democrats are sticklers for using certain words and language that are considered politically correct, Republicans will point out their inconsistencies in order to expose the ridiculousness of doing so.
Of course, that’s not how he put it, but that’s the reality.
He actually said it this way:
“That attitude, I think, of just being a little more real and a little more grounded is something that I think goes a long way in counteracting what is a systematic…the systematic propaganda that I think is being pumped out by Fox News and all these other outlets all the time.”
The blame game
Blaming Republicans for their own actions is a classic Democrat move, so it’s not surprising that Obama would make it.
Is it possible that Democrats are getting tired of political correctness, or that they see it’s a losing political strategy?
More likely, they want to keep doing what they’ve been doing all along, which is holding everyone else to a higher standard than they are willing to hold themselves to.
Obama knows political correctness presents an impossible standard for his party, especially when Joe Biden is in charge of it.