President Barack Obama said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing “unfair scrutiny” this election and admitted that he regrets his own campaign’s harshness toward her during the 2008 primaries. In an interview with Politico, Obama said Clinton “had a tougher job throughout that primary than I did,” and indicated that she now best understands the demands of the presidency. Obama also emphatically denied that Sen. Bernie Sanders reminds him of himself eight years ago. Politico noted, though, that Obama “didn’t utter an unkind word about Sanders,” despite implying that he’s the lesser candidate. Obama is keeping close tabs on the race, though he admitted that he isn’t watching the Republican primary debates. “I, as you know, didn’t like participating in many of these debates,” he said.