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Obama warns Democrats not to let 2016 happen again

Barack Obama walking past his official portrait
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"You're right to be concerned," former President Barack Obama told the crowd at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Thursday, where he gave Democrats the winning playbook and charged them to "boil down" their message, Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere reports.

"Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote. Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much.”
— Barack Obama