In an appearance on the podcast Pod Save America, President Barack Obama criticized the recent trend towards cancel culture and criticized Democrats, saying that they're sometimes “buzzkills” and that their rhetoric forces people to “walk on eggshells.”
“Sometimes Democrats are [buzzkills]. 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,” the former president said.
He added that Democrats should learn from his mistakes: “I used to get into trouble whenever, as you guys know well, whenever I got a little too professorial and, you know, started … when I was behind the podium as opposed to when I was in a crowd, there were times where I'd get, you know, sound like I was giving a bunch of policy gobbledygook.
“That's not how people think about these issues. They think about them in terms of the life I'm leading day to day. How does politics, how is it even relevant to the things that I care the most deeply about?”