Obama: Dems can be ‘buzzkills’

Former President Barack Obama just offered some rare criticism of his own Democratic Party.

According to the Daily Caller, Obama even went so far as to suggest that Democrats can be “buzzkills.” 

The former president’s criticism came during a recent appearance on Pod Save America. 


Obama started off by highlighting what he sees as one of the Democrats’ bad habits: rhetoric that is out of touch with the average American voter.

“Look, I used to get into trouble whenever, as you guys know well, whenever 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’d get, you know, sound like I was giving a bunch of policy gobbledygook,” Obama said.

“And, that’s not how people think about these issues,” Obama continued. “They think about them in terms of the life I’m leading day to day. How does politics, how is it even relevant to the things that I care the most deeply about?”


Obama, then, expanded on his point, and, in the process of doing so, accused the Democrats of, at times, being “buzzkills.”

Obama said:

My family, my kids, work that gives me satisfaction, having fun. Hell, not being a buzzkill. And, sometimes Democrats are. Sometimes, people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.

Obama went on to argue that this is something that rightward-leaning media, such as Fox News, has taken advantage of, going so far as to accuse Fox of “systematic propaganda.”

What of it?

Obama does make a few good points, here.

The political correctness that Democrats insist upon, for example, is not the most popular policy, and, outlets such as Fox News have sought to capitalize on this. So, as Obama suggests, it would probably do the Democrats some good to lighten up on stuff like political correctness, and to use language that is more in touch with the average American’s approach to life.

Whether it will ever happen, though, is another story considering that the Democrats, particularly the progressives, are just far too committed to it.