President Obama admitted he cried at a recent senior staff send-off dinner — and is now claiming that he’d be able to get re-elected if he had run for president again.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama said in a “The Axe Files” podcast interview by former aide David Axelrod.
“I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say, ‘The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one,’” the outgoing president said.
The Constitution limits a president to serving only two terms.
Reflecting on his presidency, Obama said he’s been inspired by the “heart” and “idealism” of his staff.
“We had our senior staff dinner … I got through about four minutes of the thing and started getting the hanky out,” he admitted.
Obama said it feels like the “band” is breaking up, but that he wants to devote his post-presidency to growing the “talent” and vision that began in his two terms as president of the United States.
“Overall, this place never got cynical,” he said, praising the many aides he’s had over the years.
“We never had that fire snuffed out. That is a point of pride for me,” he added.
The podcast interview at times got personal, with Obama discussing his upbringing and talking about how his mom was a “hippie.”
“But she always insisted on shaving her legs,” he told his former aide.