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“He feels that he’s singularly positioned to help unify the party at the end of this. And if he were try to put his thumb on the scale now, it would take away his ability to do so when it’s most needed — the general election.”
— A confidant to Barack Obama, telling CNN why the former president isn’t endorsing yet in the Democratic presidential primary.
“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.”
— Former President Barack Obama, quoted by the BBC, arguing that women are “indisputably” better than men as leaders.
“Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process.”
— Former President Barack Obama, quoted by the Washington Post, on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“Barack Obama is literally more popular than Jesus among Democrats. Unfortunately, neither the former president nor any of the party’s 23 candidates currently seeking the 2020 nomination know quite what to do with that information.”
“Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote.’ Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much.”
— Barack Obama, quoted by Politico, in his first public comments in months.
“One American politician is currently dominating the cultural landscape, from social media to late-night television. His poll numbers look great, his Twitter posts are often among the most read in the world, and with every utterance, his impassioned base of supporters reacts with a fervor more typical for celebrities than former civil servants. … Meet Barack Obama. … The former president left office last January with favorable approval ratings, but historians, former staffers, and political observers now say his societal standing has reached a new echelon — and it’s partly due to his successor.”
“As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what’s best about America.”
— Barack Obama, on Twitter.
“Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. Obama edges out Donald Trump, 17% to 14%, while Clinton edges out Michelle Obama, 9% to 7%.”
52% to 48%
A new Fox News poll in Alabama shows former President Obama is more popular in Alabama than Donald Trump. The poll shows Obama with a 52% favorability rating in the state, compared to Trump’s 49%.
“We need you to take this seriously. Our democracy is at stake. Elections matter. Voting matters. You can’t take anything for granted. You can’t sit this one out.”
— Former President Barack Obama, quoted by Politico.