David Plouffe

How President Trump Can Avoid President Obama’s Biggest Mistake
Punting health care legislation to Congress defined Obama’s time in office

Donald Trump greets President Barack Obama moments before his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s critics believe the new president is clueless (or worse), but he might be on track to avoid repeating former President Barack Obama’s biggest political mistake. 

Trump’s pre-inaugural press conference was widely panned, but his comments on the future of health care legislation were instructive.

Plouffe Warns Democrats Against Bed-Wetting — Again
In 2010, Democrats lost 63 House seats after Obama manager’s advice

David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, famously lectured Democrats to have the "guts to govern" amid the backlash of over the president's health care law in the 2010 midterm elections. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — I thought Hillary Clinton had an advantage in the presidential race until President Barack Obama’s campaign manager said there was nothing to worry about.  

As the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia, there was significant unrest both within and outside the official activities.