The one Democrat who probably has the least likely chance of being the victim of ‘cancel culture’ still went ahead and criticized it. Former President Barack Obama took a jab at the rampant cancel culture trend and chastised “buzzkill” Democrats for getting caught up in “policy gobbledygook.”
Obama made the comments during an interview on the “Pod Save America” podcast that was released on Friday, in which he makes the argument that Democrats have strayed away from a message of equality to “scolding” on social issues.
Such “scolding” equates to “buzzkill” according to the 44th President. What brings him joy is “My family, my kids, work that gives me satisfaction, having fun,” Obama said. “Hell, not being a buzzkill. And sometimes Democrats are.”
“Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes,” he continued.
Instead of getting caught up in the “policy gobbledygook” Obama said Democrats need to “be able to speak to everybody about their common interests.”
“And what works for, I think everybody, is the idea of a basic equal treatment and fairness. That’s an argument that’s compatible with progress on social issues and compatible with economic interests,” he stated.
“I think where we get into trouble sometimes is where we try to suggest that some groups are more – because they historically have been victimized more – that somehow they have a status that’s different than other people and we’re going around scolding folks if they don’t use exactly the right phrase,” Obama said. “Or that identity politics becomes the principle lens through which we view our various political challenges.”
Sometimes messaging gets lost in “policy gobbledygook.”