In an interview released on Tuesday, Barack Obama claimed that Joe Biden is apparently “finishing the job” that his previous administration started.
According to the New York Times, Obama claims that Biden has been addressing the different objectives laid out during his own time in office. For instance, Obama remarked that 90 percent of his former staffers are continuing to work on policies initiated by hi administration, including the “climate change agenda” and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Per Obama, what Americans are “seeing now” is Biden himself “finishing the job” that was originally started during Obama’s tenure in the White House.
Obama also made commentary on Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory in 2016, and he claims that the economic productivity that commenced during Trump’s tenure tarred “a more impactful shift in political views towards Democrats.”
In addition, Obama also claimed that Trump “essentially” interrupted “the continuation of our policies,” but he also argued that Trump had benefitted from “the economic stability and growth” that he claimed his administration was actually responsible for. However, Obama also acknowledged that “people aren’t sure.”
To further explain his position, Obama suggested a scenario wherein Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden may have succeeded him, and that in this scenario, the same economic benefits would have occurred, including 3 percent unemployment.
According to Obama, then Americans would have then realized “these polices that Obama put in place worked.”
Unemployment remained high for much of the Obama presidency. From the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008 until 2016, unemployment remained over 4.5 percent.
However, by 2018, unemployment had fallen below 4 percent, a level not witnessed since 2007, which became one of the numerous high points of Trump’s presidential legacy.
Obama also indicated that it is difficult to accurately estimate “how much the bank bailouts … angered everyone, including me,” when commenting on the various solutions for the 2008 crisis, including the 2009 passage of the Troubled Relief Asset Program.
Obama expressed strong hopes that Biden’s new administration will help shift an entire generation of American voters towards leftist policies, and he believes that creating new jobs and addressing climate change will ultimately coalesce into successful policymaking agendas that are actually noticeable by the public due to their anticipated “political impact.”
The White House has not yet commented on Obama’s interview.