New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

“When you’ve been president for six years, you’ve got some dings,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday, crafting a metaphor that ostensibly compared Hillary Clinton to a ride fresh out of the dealership.

“I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want that new car smell,” Obama said in an interview on ABC’s “The Week.” “They want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”

Americans are increasingly unsatisfied with Washington, Wall Street — any force that has failed to speed up the dragging recovery. In light of midterm results, Obama told Stephanopoulos he probably won’t play a prominent role on the campaign trail as the country decides his successor.

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