In an interview that has finally been broadcast in the U.K., Barack Obama revealed how he felt as he sat in the Capital during President Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony and even took a slap at Trump’s “irresponsible” habit of Tweeting out whatever is on his mind.
The interview was held last week in the U.K. for BBC Radio 4 and featured the former president being grilled by Britain’s Prince Harry.
Once again we see Obama attacking the U.S. and its leaders in another interview held on foreign soil. And once again we see Obama violating that long-held tenet that American officials don’t diss the U.S. when they are visiting a foreign country.
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 27, 2017
At one point, Prince Harry asked Obama about how he felt during Trump’s January 20 inauguration.
“You sat through the inauguration with your game face on, not giving much emotion away — as we all saw. What’s going through your mind?” Harry said.
The ex-president said his first thought was the gratitude he has for wife, Michelle, who he called his “partner through that whole process.” Obama admitted that Michelle is not “naturally inclined to politics,” but insisted that she is a “spectacular, funny, a warm person.”
This would be contrary to her public reputation as a mean-spirited and angry woman.
Obama also said he felt a sense of completion as he spent his last day in office.
“You know, the sense that there was a completion and that we had done the work which preserved our integrity and left us whole and that we hadn’t fundamentally changed, I think was a satisfying feeling which was mixed with all the work that was still undone and concerns about how the country moves forward,” Obama said.
“But overall there was a serenity there, more than I would have expected,” he added.
Still, the ex-commander in chief couldn’t resist slamming Trump even without mentioning the current president by name. Still, his inference was unmistakable.
According to the UK Evening Standard:
The ex-president also appeared to lodge a veiled attack against Mr Trump during the interview as he warned against “irresponsible” use of social media to spread misinformation.
Asked about fake news, Mr Obama said those in power should take caution when posting messages which could distort people’s understanding of issues and current affairs.
He did not mention Mr Trump, who is a keen Twitter user, by name.
Prince Harry said it was a turn of the table for him to become the interviewer instead of the interviewee. “I haven’t done that many interviews but it was quite fun, especially interviewing president Obama despite the fact he wanted to interview me,” he said after his time with Obama.
Harry also hit Obama with a “lightning round” series of questions about his likes and dislikes. Harry asked if Obama liked boxers or briefs (Obama said “we don’t answer those questions”), asked if Obama liked Michael Jordon or LeBron James (Obama picked “Chicago guy” Jordon), and Obama said he missed the White House movie theater, said he liked Rachel from Friends and Artetha Franklin, among other questions.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]