PBO is giving a press conference now on a wide range of topics, including congressional Republicans’ refusal to do their jobs, whether Putin “bested” him in Syria, the 2016 race and his golf score (classified). His remarks on the SCOTUS seat were what you’d expect — he reviewed the history, etc., and basically called on the GOP congresscritters to do their goddamned jobs.
His take on whether Putin “outfoxed” him in Syria was interesting. He said Putin has assumed responsibility for a failed state and is spending billions, so he’s not sure that’s such a great prize.
On the Democratic race, he was mostly non-committal. He said he knows Hillary better and suspects her policies are closer to his own but admitted he hadn’t studied their positions all that closely. He said he thinks their values are similar and that it mostly comes down to tactics, but either candidate would be 100 times better than any of the Republicans. Yep.
On the GOP side, he said Trump gets most of the attention but that all of the candidates’ positions are anti-science, anti-immigration, etc. Shorter: they all suck. And Trump will never be president (PBO says he has faith in the American people).
I’m going to miss PBO.