- "I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything."
- "Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us."
- "If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way."
With just a few weeks to the start of the US Democratic Party’s primary election, and less than a year to the 2020 US presidential election, former President Barack Obama has not yet officially declared his support for any of his Democratic Party’s candidates. On Monday, however, he made a statement that could as well be interpreted as a criticism of the top names in the two US biggest parties, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
According to Obama, women are “arguably better” and many of the world’s problems are caused by “old men in politics.” At a conference in Singapore, Obama stated that living conditions around the world would be better if most countries were led by women. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything . . . living standards and outcomes,” said the former US President.
“Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us [men],” Obama said. Asked if he would allow himself to return to active politics, as the Democratic Party is preparing to start choosing its official candidate for the November 2020 presidential election, Obama has indicated that this is out of the question.
“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self-importance or your own power.” In addition to praising women’s leadership, Obama has made another statement that can be read as a message to older US presidential candidates.
In the primary election marathon kicking off in early February, one of the favorites for the Democratic White House nomination is Joe Biden, Obama’s former Vice President, between 2009 and 2017. Biden, 77, is part of a group of older candidates in their seventies leading the polls, including President Donald Trump, 73, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 78, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), 70. Although not a favorite in the polls, Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York, also announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party primaries. Bloomberg is aged 77 years old.
“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” Obama said. Despite a good relationship with his former Vice President, Obama advised Biden not to run for the White House in 2016, so that the nomination path would be open to Hillary Clinton. And for the 2020 elections, the former US president has not yet declared support for any candidate. As usual in these cases, the former president should only enter the campaign to support the party’s nomination to face President Trump.