In a conference call with former staffers, President Barack Obama compared his legacy to that of President Ronald Reagan, and asked them to help set the foundation for his Democratic successor.
Details of the private phone call were leaked to Politico:
“Much in the same way that the Reagan Revolution required Bush Senior” to cement the legacy of a truly transformative president, Obama said, “we’ve got to make sure that we’re laying the foundation” for the next Democrat elected, according to someone who heard the call.
“It’s important for us to set the record properly and tell a story about what happened over the last 6½ years, less for our benefit and more to create the political climate going into the next election so the agenda that we’ve set continues,” Obama said.
Whether he’s up or down is going to “cycle about eight more times before we get out of here,” Obama said, but recent events have “reminded us of the lasting impact of what we’ve done.”
Obama did not specifically mention Hillary Clinton by name, as he has not yet signaled which Democrat that he will support for president in 2016.