Barack Obama blasts cancellation culture, calls them ‘buzzkill’

Former President Barack Obama took a shot at canceling culture, knocking “buzzkill” Democrats for getting caught up in “political gobbledygook.”

In a new interview with the podcast “Pod Save America” ​​on Friday, the 44th president said Democrats have moved away from a message of equality to “ranting” on social issues.

“My family, my kids, work that gives me satisfaction, having fun,” Obama said. “Hell, not being a buzzkill. And sometimes Democrats are.”

“Sometimes people just don’t want to feel like they’re walking on eggshells and they want some recognition that life is messy and that we can all at any given time say things the wrong way, make mistakes, ” he added.

Obama said Democrats must “be able to talk to everybody about their common interests.”

“And what works for everybody, I think, is the idea of ​​basic equality and fairness. It’s an argument that’s compatible with progress on social issues and compatible with economic interests,” he said.

“I think where we sometimes get into trouble is when we try to imply that some groups are more—because they’ve historically been victimized more—that they somehow have a status , that is different from other people, and we go around berating people if they don’t use quite the right phrase,” Obama said. “Or that identity politics becomes the primary lens through which we see our various political challenges.”

Former President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 5, 2022.
Obama said Democrats are getting too caught up in “political gobbledygook.”
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He said Democrats, including himself, sometimes see their message bogged down by “political gobbledygook.”

“See, I used to get into trouble anytime, as you know, when 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 would come, you know, sound like I was giving a lot of policy bullshit,” Obama explained.

The former president added: “And that’s not how people think about these issues. They think about them in terms of the life that I live day to day. How does politics work, how is that even relevant to the things that I hold most of?”

Ahead of the midterm elections in November, Obama has been campaigning for Democratic candidates in key states. He will travel to Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin this month.

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