While speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday, former President Barack Obama shared his one regret from his time in office.
Instead, according to Politico, he thought people focused too much on him rather than other politicians after his party lost the House of Representatives in 2010:
“I’ll be honest with you, if I have a regret during my presidency, it is that people were so focused on me and the battles we were having, particularly after we lost the House, that folks stopped paying attention up and down the ballot.”
Some on Twitter saw those comments as narcissistic:
Obama’s excuse for the demise of the democrat’s power base during his presidency is that he was so important that no one cared about anyone else but him politically. Wow. Narcissistic much? I think that voters didn’t like the direction the US was headed in and that he got a pass.
— Christian K (@ToofyTweets) June 29, 2018
OMG. This guy has visions of grandeur! Sick.
— Claire L (@Claire51Bear2) June 29, 2018
Ah, the narcissism of the cuadillo continues
— Christopher W. Robertson (@BomberRobertson) June 29, 2018
Isn’t that comment bordering on the pathological? He is incapable of self-examination.
— Acta Diurna (@AgustusPopuli) June 29, 2018
I think you spent too much time looking in the mirror and at your reflection in store windows. You blew your chance to make America great. So sad that you didn’t really understand American culture. I like what MLK said. He was a great man.
— Jim Jarvis (@tecolotes) June 29, 2018
During his speech, he also told his fellow Democrats to buck up and start fighting harder before the 2018 midterms:
“If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying ‘civilization is collapsing’ and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don’t actually think civilization is collapsing … or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.”
His comments appeared to be a criticism of the nation’s state under President Donald Trump.
While Obama didn’t name Trump, he seemed to attack Trump’s tactics, alleging that he promoted fear.
“Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you […] that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world,” he said.
“It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it,” he added.