New York Times:
In unusually candid remarks, President Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was nearing the point at which his campaign against Hillary Clinton would end, and that the party must soon come together to back her.
Mr. Obama acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton was perceived to have weaknesses as a candidate, and that some Democrats did not view her as authentic.
But he played down the importance of authenticity, noting that President George W. Bush — whose record he ran aggressively against in 2008 — was once praised for his authenticity.
Mr. Obama made the remarks after reporters had left a fund-raising event in Austin, Tex., for the Democratic National Committee. The comments were described by three people in the room for the event, all of whom were granted anonymity to describe a candid moment with the president. The comments were later confirmed by a White House official.
President Obama is nothing if not a pragmatist, and he clearly sees that the writing is on the wall here.
Reports are that the President and his top aides have been strategizing as to how to help the Democratic candidate win this next election, which I think is what most of us hope he will do.
I also kind of doubt that this information was leaked accidentally, and feel that Obama is sending a subtle message that it is time to start getting serious about the 2016 election.