The first few months of President Joe Biden’s term has felt like the trend towards socialism to many conservatives, similar to the flood of policies under former President Barack Obama.
Turns out, that was the plan all along.
The New York Times interviewed Obama, and the former president made clear that Biden’s administration was a continuation of his legacy.
“I think that what we’re seeing now, is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job,” Obama said. “And I think it’ll be an interesting test. Ninety percent of the folks who were there in my administration, they are continuing and building on the policies we talked about, whether it’s the Affordable Care Act, or our climate change agenda, and the Paris [climate accord], and figuring out how do we improve the ladders to mobility through things like community colleges.”
Obama also considered whether the Democrats would succeed in forwarding his agenda.
“If they’re successful over the next four years, as I think they will be, I think that will have an impact,” he said. “Does it override that sort of identity politics that has come to dominate Twitter, and the media, and that has seeped into how people think about politics? Probably not completely. But at the margins, if you’re changing 5 percent of the electorate, that makes a difference.”
Obama also speculated about what would have happened if Donald Trump had not become president after his term.
“And the truth is that if Donald Trump doesn’t get elected — let’s say a Democrat, a Joe Biden, or Hillary Clinton had immediately succeeded me, and the economy suddenly has 3 percent unemployment, I think we would have consolidated the sense that, oh, actually these policies that Obama put in place worked,” Obama said. “The fact that Trump interrupts essentially the continuation of our policies, but still benefits from the economic stability and growth that we had initiated, means people aren’t sure. Well, gosh, unemployment’s 3.5 percent under Donald Trump.”