A surprising admission from Barack Obama on why he will not run for president again if he loses this go round. A conversation he had with his wife, Michelle:
“And she said, you know, eight years from now we will have lost a little bit of touch with regular ordinary families . We will still be good people, hopefully. But we will be in a different orbit, a different circle….We’re already there. But we still remember what that was like.
“And I thought that that was a wonderful insight,” he concluded. “We still remember what it’s like to be normal. And I think that’s part of what happens when you’re in Washington for a very long time. You lose touch with that. And then it becomes harder to relinquish power. Because you think that your worth is high up or there’s this title or chauffeur or people open doors for you.”
While I appreciate the honesty, this actually reduces the respect I had for the man. If he doesn’t get the nomination, or if he gets it and loses, then he’s just given everyone the sound bite they need to ensure he doesn’t have a chance at remaining a Senator. I know he’s just being honest, but for a person to say he knows he’ll lose touch with his constituents is politically stupid. I know I wouldn’t vote for a person who makes such an admission. I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets played out in a Clinton ad.