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Obama Reflects on 2016: I Wasn’t Able to ‘Transfer My Personal Popularity’ to Democrats

During last night’s NBC Dateline special on President Obama‘s legacy, the outgoing Commander-in-Chief reflected on 2016 and the “surprise” he felt at Donald Trump‘s win.

He told Lester Holt that he thinks he and his team are pretty good at seeing things coming––but not Trump’s victory. Part of that, Obama said, is due to the fact that the polling was so off.

He admitted there was a lot of disappointment at Hillary Clinton‘s loss, as well as the broader loss for the Democratic party.

Obama conceded, “I had trouble transferring my personal popularity or support to the broader cause of the Democratic party.”

He said it was difficult for him to both run the country and rebuild the “grassroots party apparatus” his party needed.

Watch above, via NBC.

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