One of the things about Obama is that he’s never let a previously “strongly held” opinion get in the way of issuing a contrary one later. It’s a political advantage of being so good at shucking and jiving. A case in point – one of a plethora – is Obama’s opinion of Hillary’s fitness for office.
Obama on Hillary – 2008 vs. 2016
That’s Obama for you; he’ll say whatever he thinks will most benefit him at that moment. Back in 2008 it benefited the boy to malign Hillary. Now, in 2016 it benefits him to laud her.
Of course, his opinions have changed so often, especially during any given election cycle, that even the Lamestream media has ignored his endorsement of Hillary.