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Obama Allies Push Back on Bloomberg Ads Framing Mayor as Obama Pal


Ads casting Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and former president Barack Obama as close political allies aren’t supported by the facts of their relationship, former top Obama aides said Tuesday.

“That is not how I remember it,” former senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on MSNBC. “I do remember that 2012 endorsement that came five days before the election and to say it was damning with faint praise would be generous…. I think these ads tell a story that is belied by the reality of that relationship, [which] I think is somewhat complicated.”

Pfeiffer said he didn’t know how Obama personally felt about Bloomberg’s strategy, but he said people in Obama’s orbit were “maybe a little frustrated” by the ads and their ubiquity. Bloomberg has already spent more than $400 million on advertising, helping him rise quickly in national and state Democratic primary polls.

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Former Obama National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor tweeted Tuesday, “It’s jarring to see all these Bloomberg ads that suggest Obama has endorsed him, especially considering how … perfunctory his endorsement of Obama was back in 2012.”

Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau replied to Vietor, “Perfunctory is putting it kindly.” Pfeiffer, Vietor, and Favreau are cohosts on the popular left-wing podcast “Pod Save America.”

Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe recounted last week how someone at his California gym asked him why Obama “chose Bloomberg over the rest of the field,” even though he is actually maintaining neutrality in the primary.

“The power of saturation advertising,” Plouffe wrote.

Bloomberg has touted warm words from Obama in national ads that discuss their work together on gun control and education, calling him a “great president” in the latest iteration.