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Obama just burned both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in his own subtle way

The president sat down with Andrew Ross Sorkin for the New York Times magazine and took a dig at the populist policies advocated by Trump and Sanders, both of whom have attacked free-trade agreements and expressed nostalgia for earlier periods in American history:

Obama considered the problem from a political perspective. “In some ways,” he said, “engaging in those hard changes that we need to make to create a more nimble, dynamic economy doesn’t yield immediate benefits and can seem like a distraction or an effort to undermine a bygone era that doesn’t exist. And that then feeds, both on the left and the right, a temptation to say, ‘If we could just go back to an era in which our borders were closed,’ or ‘If we could just go back to a time when everybody had a defined-benefit plan,’ or ‘We could just go back to a time when there wasn’t any immigrant that was taking my job, things would be O.K.’ ” He didn’t mention Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders by name, but the implications were obvious.

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