Jim Geraghty catches another couple of interesting moments from Jodi Kantor’s book The Obamas, one of which follows up on one we’ve already highlighted in the OOTD canon. In late 2010, Barack Obama was telling people that he was a centrist Blue Dog Democrat at heart:
The body of Mr. Obama’s writing and experiences before he became a presidential candidate would suggest that he is instinctively pragmatic, typical of an emerging generation that sees all political dogma — be it ’60s liberalism or ’80s conservatism — as anachronistic. Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat, referring to the shrinking caucus of fiscally conservative members of the party.
These days — and when he’s talking to donors — Obama has changed his tune. Now he’s no longer a centrist Blue Dog Democrat at heart. Now, Congress makes him be a centrist:
The president had been taking questions for almost an hour. He had apologetically told the mostly liberal crowd that he had been forced to take a centrist point of view in his presidency because of divided government. (Never mind that Obama had told conservative Democrats in Congress that he was one of them, too: “I’m a Blue Dog at heart,” he had said in more than one meeting.)
Maybe Obama thinks that no one will compare notes.
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