Now that he’s been away from the White House for a while, Barack Obama seems to be transitioning into honey badger mode.

Last month, he slammed wokeness and cancel culture. Now comes this:

More from Politico:

Publicly, he has been clear that he won’t intervene in the primary for or against a candidate, unless he believed there was some egregious attack. “I can’t even imagine with this field how bad it would have to be for him to say something,” said a close adviser. Instead, he sees his role as providing guardrails to keep the process from getting too ugly and to unite the party when the nominee is clear. There is one potential exception: Back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him. (Asked about that, a spokesperson for Obama pointed out that Obama recently said he would support and campaign for whoever the Democratic nominee is.)

When it comes to Sanders, I asked one close adviser whether Obama would really lay himself on the line to prevent a Sanders nomination. “I can’t really confirm that,” the adviser said. “He hasn’t said that directly to me. The only reason I’m hesitating at all is because, yeah, if Bernie were running away with it, I think maybe we would all have to say something. But I don’t think that’s likely. It’s not happening.” (Another close Obama friend said, “Bernie’s not a Democrat.”)

Oh man … can you imagine? It’s not like our ears would be looking forward to listening to Bernie Sanders old-man-yells-at-clouds his way through next year’s presidential debates, but we can’t help but be intrigued by the prospect of Barack Obama stepping in to slow the Bern. We’ve got to take what we can get these days.

Looks like some of them are already mad:

Straight into our veins.