Two things: First, the race to the nomination is a battle for power. Whatever general, that is fighting a battle for power, that refuses to accept help, from a quarter he despises is likely to be a dead general. Buttigieg, intends to win, he is also the poorest person on the stage, no shame in seeking help where it is offered. As Jesse Unruh, a former California leader of the Assembly said: Unruh’s first law of politics was, “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women, and vote against them, you don’t belong here.” , meaning in politics.
Second, if you do not want a remix of Obama’s centrist positions, just what about Obama did you like, besides the fact the he was black?