President Joe Biden went against former President Barack Obama this week when he referred to Russia as a “great power.”
Before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Biden referred to the United States and Russia as “two great powers.”
It was very hard to hear, but President Biden referred to US and Russia as "two great powers" in the opening of his summit with Putin. He mentioned areas of mutual interest where they can cooperate — and noted being "predictable" and "rational" when they don't agree.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 16, 2021
This was in stark contrast to Obama, who infamously referred to Russia as a “regional power” after it invaded Crimea back in 2014, according to Yahoo News.
This comes after Obama said on “The Ezra Klein Show” that Biden is “finishing the job” that he started during his time in office.
“I think that what we’re seeing now, is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job. And I think it’ll be an interesting test,” Obama said. “Ninety percent of the folks who were there in my administration, they are continuing and building on the policies we talked about, whether it’s the Affordable Care Act, or our climate change agenda, and the Paris [climate accord], and figuring out how do we improve the ladders to mobility through things like community colleges.”
Obama went on to say that whether the Biden’s work will impact people’s political leanings remains to be seen.
“If they’re successful over the next four years, as I think they will be, I think that will have an impact,” he said. “Does it override that sort of identity politics that has come to dominate Twitter, and the media, and that has seeped into how people think about politics? Probably not completely. But at the margins, if you’re changing 5 percent of the electorate, that makes a difference.”
Obama then boasted that he sees himself as “a manifestation” of the progressive movement in the Democratic Party now.
“I was both a manifestation of the more progressive views that young people brought to politics in 2008, and 2009, 2010, and I think my presidency helped to solidify a huge tilt in the direction of progressive politics among young people that is now continuing into their 30s as the millennials, and even the Gen Zers, are starting to marry and have families, who know their political identity has been shaped and changed in pretty significant ways,” Obama said.