Obama says Biden is 'finishing his presidency' after ex-VP's press secretary pushed back at 'Barack's third term'

BARACK Obama has claimed that President Joe Biden's administration is "finishing" the work he started in a new interview.

Obama made the comment on Tuesday after Jen Psaki pushed back against "Obama's third term" in an awkward exchange about it with a reporter last month.

Speaking on the “The Ezra Klein Show" podcast, Obama said: “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.

“Ninety percent of the folks who were there in my administration, they are continuing and building on the policies we talked about."

He cited "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 continued: “If they’re successful over the next four years, as I think they will be, I think that will have an impact.

"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 5percent of the electorate, that makes a difference.”

“I was both a manifestation of the more progressive views that young people brought to politics in 2008, 2009, 2010," Obama went on.

"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.”

His comments come after Psaki awkwardly sparred with a reporter on Friday as she was pushed to comment on claims that the Biden administration is “Obama’s third term.”

Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson attempted to grill Psaki during Friday's briefing on the number of Obama staff that have been taken on by the Biden administration. 

"Given the number of former Obama administration officials that are now in the Biden administration and the president's relatively light schedule, there's a growing perception that this is really just the third term of President Obama,” Robinson asked.

“What do you say to people who say that?" 

Psaki hit back, asking Robinson who was making this claim and later asking “what media?” on being told it was covered in the press before their tense exchange continued.

Later, Psaki cut Robinson off completely from her questioning as she started to ask about a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. 

Robinson had questioned why the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Dr. Anthony Fauci had given funding to the Wuhan Lab of Virology, the lab at the center of the “lab leak” conspiracy theory. 

“The president has said that there needs to be a credible, independent investigation through the World Health Organization. One that relies on data,” Psaki said. 

“I’m sorry, Emerald, I think you’ve had plenty of time today,” she added when Robinson tried to continue.

In November, Biden insisted that his presidency was "not a third Obama term."

"We face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration," he explained to NBC. "President Trump has changed the landscape."

After Trump repeatedly decried the 2020 election results, MAGA fans then stormed the US Capitol on January 6.

The riot in Washington DC resulted in the deaths of five people, including DC cop Brian Sicknick, before Biden's predecessor conceded.

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