President Barack Obama was recently interviewed on the podcast “The Axe Files,” which is hosted by his former senior adviser David Axelrod. During the interview, Obama said he believes that Americans still want progressive change in the country. He also said that he could have won the 2016 presidential election if he was allowed to run for a third term because his vision of change is what Americans still want.
The interview between Obama and Axelrod lasted for 50 minutes. Obama explained that Democrats lost in this election because they ignored certain demographics of voters, which is what allowed Donald Trump to ultimately win the election. Of course, Hillary Clinton still beat Trump in the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes. However, Trump won more states than Clinton and the Electoral College just recently voted him in as the next President of the United States.
Obama still praised Clinton for her tough fought campaign. He said the media was constantly mistreating Clinton and that she had “performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances.” This was a reference to all the negative stories and headlines that came out about Clinton throughout the course of her presidential campaign. As far as Clinton failing to make a connection with certain voters, Obama was likely referring to non-urban voters and working class white voters. Those voter demographics turned over huge for Trump in key battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Without those states, Trump may not have won the election.
Near the end of the podcast, Obama got a little sentimental when he talked about his time as president. He mentioned how he had a meeting with his senior aides and how it made him feel misty. “It feels like the band is breaking up a little bit,” Obama said about him and his aides parting ways from the White House.