Fwd: Travel pool report #9: Video clip (and rough transcript) of Obama commenting on Democratic presidential race on The Tonight Show

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Date: June 8, 2016 at 7:36:46 PM EDT
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Subject: Travel pool report #9: Video clip (and rough transcript) of Obama commenting on Democratic presidential race on The Tonight Show

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Rough and Rush Transcript (provided by NBC):

JIMMY FALLON:

Welcome back. We're here with the President Barack Obama right now. (APPLAUSE)  Now, we have to talk about the election.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Do we?

JIMMY FALLON:

We really do, yeah. (CHUCKLE) I think so, yeah. Now, this past week Hillary is now the presumptive nominee for the Democrats. And you talked to Hillary today.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

I did.

JIMMY FALLON:

Yeah, did you talk to her as she's running for advice?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

I've actually spoken to Hillary and Bernie at certain points during the campaign. And, I don't know, if they asked me for advice. But I give it anyway. (LAUGHTER) And--

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

But you know what-- it was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have-- a contested primary. I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas. And he pushed the party and challenged them. I thought it made Hillary a better candidate. I think she is whip smart. She is tough. And she deeply cares about working people and putting kids through school and making sure we're growing our economy. And so-- my hope is, is that over the next couple of weeks, we're able to pull things together. And what happens during primaries, you get a little ouchy. Everybody does. You know, when Hillary and I ran in 2008-- you know, your staff and you know, supporters, they're poppin' off. And somebody's reading -- "Did you see what that per--" and they start spinnin' stuff up.

JIMMY FALLON:

Sure.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

So there's a natural process of everybody recognizing that this is not about any individual. But this is about the country and the direction we're gonna take it. And I think we're gonna have a great convention and we'll do well.

JIMMY FALLON:

Now, is Bernie going to endorse Hillary?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Well, I'm sure they're gonna have a conversation. And--

JIMMY FALLON:

Is he ever gonna drop out? (LAUGHTER) Or he's gonna stay in?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Yeah, I'm gonna be talkin' to him tomorrow. He's gonna be coming to the White House. And the main role I'm gonna be playing in this process is-- to remind the American people that this is a serious job. You know, this is not reality TV.

I've seen the decisions that have to be made. And the work that has to be done. And I have a lot of confidence that if the American people are reminded of what's at stake and all the incredible important issues that we gotta get right, that they're gonna make a good choice. That's what they usually do.

JIMMY FALLON:

Speaking of reality TV, I don't know if you saw the saw The Apprentice?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

I did.

JIMMY FALLON:

But it's-- (CHUCKLE) it's a great show. (LAUGHTER) Has Donald Trump called you for advice or talked to you at all? And first of all, you've given out some pretty good advice so far.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Yeah.

JIMMY FALLON:

But has he called and talked to you? I would call you--

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

No.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

No, he hasn't. No.

JIMMY FALLON:

No? (LAUGHTER)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

No. Not that I know of. (LAUGHTER)

JIMMY FALLON:

But do you think the Republicans are-- happy with their choice?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

We are. But I don't know (LAUGHTER) how they're-- I don't know how they're feeling. (CHEERS)  So-- actually, you know what-- not-- (CHUCKLE) that was too easy. But the truth is actually I am worried about the Republican Party. And-and I know that sounds-- you know-- you know what it sounds like.

JIMMY FALLON:

You got it.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

But democracy works-- this country works when you have two parties that are serious and trying to solve problems. And they've got philosophical differences and they have fierce debates and they argue and they contest elections. But at the end of the day, what you want is a healthy two party system.

And you know, you want the Republican nominee to be somebody who could do the job if they win. And you want folks who understand the issues. And where you can sit across the table from 'em and you have a principled argument. And ultimately can still move the country forward.

So I am actually not enjoying, and I haven't been enjoying over the last seven years, watching some of the things that have happened in the Republican Party 'cause there's some good people in the Republican Party. There are wonderful Republicans out in the country who want what's best for the country and may disagree with me on some things but are good, decent people.

But what's happened in that party culminating in this current nomination, I think is not actually good for the country as a whole. It's not something Democrats should wish for. And my hope is, is that maybe once you get through this cycle, there's some corrective action and they get back to being a center right party. And Democratic Party being a center left party. And we start figurin' how to work together.

JIMMY FALLON:

Was that harder for you going in as president? You realize that people are gonna go-- like-- not work with me?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

It exceeded my expectations. Because when I came in, we were in the middle of crisis. And usually your hope is, is that, all right, we can play political games. But when stuff is serious, when we're losin' 800,000 jobs a month, when we've got 180,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, that we're gonna buckle down here for a second, put the politics aside and just get stuff done. And that did not happen.

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Washington Post
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