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As his legacy of fast-tracking liberalism is threatened on all fronts, Obama says he may take on Trump... EXCERPTS from POLITICO


President Barack Obama on Sunday started mapping out his vision of Democrats’ path back—and all but pledged to be part of it himself.In his fourth press conference in a week of sounding out to Americans and world leaders what he thinks they should think about President-elect Donald Trump, Obama urged congressional Democrats not to follow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) model of lockstep resistance against him eight years ago, but to quickly activate all over the country and avoid “micro-targeting

This came as Obama expressed a version of confidence about Trump that on Sunday had him saying, “reality will force him to adjust how he approaches many of these issues,” even as he revealed that he’d told the president-elect in their post-election Oval Office meeting to hire “a strong White House counsel” to help prevent the conflict of interest and corruption issues that many see potentially starting to take shape as Trump and his children continue to mix business dealings and transition policy decisions.

And though Obama said he wouldn’t get involved in every fight—including some fights likely to be about Trump and the Republican majorities in Congress ripping out his legacy—he very deliberately refused to say he’d hold to the tradition of presidents avoiding public comment or political attacks on their successors.