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Obama: You Can’t Govern With The Obama Coalition

During President Obama’s exit interview with former advisor David Axelrod, they touched on the “Obama coalition.” Throughout the 2016 election, it was the goal of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to reassemble the coalition on her path to victory.

“Well, part of what I’ve been saying to — to people, and this was even when I thought we were gonna win, was that — that narrow Democratic coalition, the quote/unquote ‘Obama coalition,’ that if — if properly executed, yes you can probably win presidencies repeatedly. It constitutes the majority of the country, but you can’t govern,” Obama told Axelrod.

Obama expanded on that point:

OBAMA: If we cannot compete in rural areas, in rural states, if we can’t find some way to break through what is a complicated history in the south and start winning races there and winning back southern white voters without betraying our commitment to civil rights and diversity, if we can do those things, then we can win elections. But we will see the same kinds of patterns that we saw during my presidency, a progressive president but a gridlocked Congress that can’t move an agenda for us.