Thursday, August 01, 2019
He's the most popular Democrat by far, revered by liberals, moderates and even some Republicans. But President Obama -- who has remained largely silent amid a rancorous Democratic primary -- came under a harsh spotlight as candidates picked apart aspects of his legacy during Wednesday's debate.
The blistering criticism underscores a dramatic shift underway inside the Democratic Party. "I must tell you, I was a little surprised how much the incoming was about Barack," Biden said Thursday at a post-debate stop to mingle with Michigan voters.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's first chief of staff, said Democratic presidential candidates were being extraordinarily short-sighted and wrong-headed by assailing the Obama administration's record, rather than trying to build upon it.
"We have seen this movie before. Democrats need to wake up," Emanuel told CNN. "I would not treat the Obama years as something to be airbrushed out of history. Every one of these things needs to be built upon."
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