Here’s some bad news for anyone hoping 2016 will bring an end to President Barack Obama’s era of “hope” and “change”: The commander in chief recently promised Democratic donors that his “project” of transforming America will continue long after he leaves the Oval Office.
Speaking at a recent Democratic National Committee fundraiser recently held at a private residence in New York, Obama said that he intends to do his best to make his policy visions reality during his remaining time in the White House. His goals, the president told donors, will be easier to accomplish from the bully pulpit with the knowledge that, “I don’t have another race to run.”
But the president went on to note that Democratic donors shouldn’t worry too much over what he fails to accomplish while in office because his “project” will continue once he leaves the White House.
From Obama’s remarks:
Now, I intend to get as much done in the next 22 months as possible. As you’ve noticed, I’ve been pretty busy and I will continue to be. And I’m hopeful that we may find some opportunities for collaboration with the Republican Congress — for example, on trade. Hopefully, on infrastructure. There may be some things where there’s some convergence. But if we’re going to deliver on the promise that’s there for all of us, then we’re still going to need to realign our budgets to our values, and we’re going to have to fight for priorities like immigration reform.
And those battles are going to depend, in large part, on the continuing effort in the political arena. And we’ve got to have strong candidates. But more importantly, we’ve got to have an engaged citizenry. And that’s why, despite the fact, as Michelle helpfully reminds me, I don’t have another race to run — and she’s pretty happy about that — that’s why I’m here this evening. And I know that’s why you’re here. Because this is not a project that stops after a certain term in office, and it’s not a project that stops after an election. This is something that we have to sustain over the long term.
And the values and ideals that I believe in are ones that I’ve never expected to realize just in one term or in one presidency. In fact, I said that in Grant Park the day I was elected.
H/T: The Weekly Standard