Barack Obama doesn’t get upset; in fact, he rarely loses his cool. It was one of the things that troubled me about his presidency. I really just wanted him to stop it with the politics of racial representation and threaten to kick someone’s ass. It isn’t really his fault, though; he knew how to play his presidential position. It was just my dream that one day he would get real Chicago on a senator.
Nevertheless, People magazine is reporting that back in November, after hearing that Donald Trump had won the presidential election and professed his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama after once being the biggest voice in the Birther movement, Obama reportedly said of Trump, “He’s nothing but a bullshitter!”
Look, I know that Obama didn’t call him an old colostomy bag or a threat to everything remotely decent in this country, but this is a man who ran a respectable eight years and didn’t have one—not one—scandal during his presidency, so you have to take ’em where you can get them.
Three unnamed sources who are reportedly friends of the Obamas told the magazine that the former president isn’t feeling the current president, and rightly so. In fact, they said that Big O’s opinion hasn’t changed much since November.
“He’s deeply concerned with what he’s seen. But he’s also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren’t just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls,” one source told People.
The magazine notes that Obama reportedly calling Russia’s play cousin a “bullshitter” might be shocking to some, but it wouldn’t be that surprising to anyone who listened to Obama stumping for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Obama frequently called Trump “unfit,” “woefully unprepared” and “unacceptable.”
Since leaving the White House, Obama hasn’t made much mention of the man in office, even though his reign as president has been trash.
“He’s very respectful of the appropriate role of a former president, and that ex-presidents should not be looking over the shoulder of their successors and commenting on every decision,” Obama’s longtime friend and political strategist David Axelrod told People.
“Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he’s going to try and respect that tradition [that a former president not speak ill about the current administration], while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level,” Axelrod added.
Read more at People magazine.