Why can't Bernie and Warren be as realistic as the guy who vowed to slow the rise of the oceans?

In arguing that Sanders and Warren are unrealistic, grandiose ideologues, the Washington Post points to, of all people, former President Obama. The same man who, upon becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee on June 3, 2008, told supporters in St. Paul, Minnesota, that, “we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless.”

“This was the moment,” Obama continued, the applause growing louder and more enthusiastic, “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal, this was the moment when we ended a war, and secured our nation, and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.”

Obama, who coasted into the White House in 2008 and 2012 on grandiose promises, and with little to no vetting from the national press, is the person the Washington Post editorial board has in mind when it says, “Candidates who promise big ideas should also be pressed on how they will realize them.”

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