Obama Calls on Democrats To Give AOC a Bigger Platform

Former President Barack Obama is calling for the Democratic Party to give voices like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) a bigger platform, saying “New blood is always good.”

The former president told Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby during an interview on the Snapchat “Good Luck America” show, that “there have been times” where the Democratic Party has stuck “so long with the same old folks and don’t make room for new voices.”

He then touched on the Democratic National Convention where Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, was only given a brief time to speak.

“But, you know, the fact that an AOC only got, what? Three minutes or five minutes?” Obama said.

He continued:

“When she speaks to a broad section of young people who are interested in what she has to say, even if they don’t agree with everything she says. You give her a platform, just like there may be some other young Democrats who come from more conservative areas who have a different point of view.”

Obama added, “But new blood is always good. And I say that as somebody who used to be the young, shiny cool guy. But now the gray-haired, old grizzled vet.”

After calling socialism a “loaded term for a lot of folks,” Obama noted during the interview that “Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both agree about raising the minimum wage” and “Joe Biden and AOC think we should do something about climate change.”

“Let’s figure out what are the concrete steps that we can actually take to get that done,” Obama said. “So my advice for the Democratic Party is what I tried to follow in my campaign, which is telling a story. Because people, young people, folks my age, people generally don’t listen to a bunch of policy analysis.”

Responses

  1. Ron is confused.

    AOC is one hard working, smart cookie. You may not agree with her POLICIES, but that is YOUR problem, buddy. She ain’t dumb.

  2. No, Jayjay, Phyllis has proven me wrong a few times and I try to correct my errors, but she makes assumptions about what I say that are just wrong. I have tried to correct HER a number of times, but she either doesn’t respond or she ignores what I say. At some point I have throw up my hands in defeat.

  3. Well General, you’re comment is a bit condescending and not really a flattering one but I’m pretty sure you don’t care because you’re always right…right???

  4. Why is he even talking. This dud hasnt left the limelight in four years. Now that sleepycreepy joe might be potus. Iam guessing oblamea will be in the limelight again. Just go away already.

  5. We will have to put up with this guy every day for the whole next four years. He can’t keep quiet and thinks the world wants to know his opinion on everything. Even his buddy Joe will be sick of him, just like I am.

  6. General, not only do you want to adopt the Trumpers’ routine down to the letter.

    1. Bernie did not win the nomination in 2016 and 2020 not because he got fewer votes and
    delegates. He lost due to DNC and “the establishment.”
    Trump did not win the popular vote in 2016 due to imaginary “3-5 million illegal votes for Hillary.” And he lost both the popular vote and the electoral college in 2020 due to imaginary “massive voter fraud.”

    2. Anyone that does not play along with the JD’s platform is “corrupt.”
    Anyone that does not support Trump is corrupt.

    3. JD’s consider NO consequences or acceptance of responsibility for words, tweets or actions.
    Trump & Trumpers, NO consequences or responsibility for words, tweets or actions. Death
    threats and threats just happen.

    4. Bernie’s fantasy proposals are completely acceptable even if they have zero chance of being signed into law in the foreseeable future.
    Trump’s fantasy proposals are completely acceptable even if one needs to detach from reality to believe Mexico is paying for the wall. The wall will stop the smuggling of people and drugs coming in thru legal ports of entry. China is paying for the import tariffs. Tax cuts pay for themselves.

    5. JD’s go-to position is VICTIMHOOD.—the media, “establishment,” the DNC, moderate D’s.
    Trumpers’ go-to position is VICTIMHOOD. the media, “deep state,” Hollywood, college professors, NFL, NBA, USWNT, gays, ANTIFA, Hispanics, African-Americans, pollsters, fact-checkers, Facebook, Twitter, Google, state election laws, mail-in ballots, and I am certain I am missing some.

    I have no idea why someone who clearly sees through Trumpers’ shtick would want to adopt it.

  7. “even if [presumably the party leaders] don’t agree with everything she says. You give her a platform” Pres. Obama

    But that is the problem, prez. The conservative party leadership don’t want change because that means that they lose out on some/all of THEIR corruption and will diminish THEIR power and influence or control.

    If you can help convince these corrupt leaders to fund their campaigns the way these young (and Bernie) whipper-snappers fund their campaigns, THEN we can have a real conversation about the future.

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