The former president of United States Barack Obama (2009-2017) ruled out accepting a hypothetical position in the future Government that would form what would be his vice president, Joe Biden, after win the elections on November 3 and joked: “Michelle would leave me”, in an interview with CBS broadcast this Sunday.
Biden “doesn’t need my advice, and I’ll help him in any way that I can. Now, I don’t plan on suddenly working on the White House staff or anything like that,” Obama said, to which the CBS interviewer asked: ” No government post for you? ” And the ex-president replied: “There are things that I would not do because Michelle (his wife) would leave me. Yes, he would say ‘What? Are you going to do what?”
The interview, which is Obama’s first to be broadcast since the November 7 media projections gave Biden the winner in the presidential elections against the now outgoing president, Donald Trump, who has not yet accepted his defeat , was recorded last Wednesday. Obama is promoting the first volume of the memoirs on his Presidency “A Promised Land”, which will go on sale on Tuesday.
On the current situation in the country and the fact that Trump does not accept his electoral defeat, while promoting conspiracy theories about an alleged fraud in the elections, Obama was disappointed by the role played by some Republican legislators.
Asked by the interviewer about what the fact that 72 million voters voted for Trump tells him, the first African-American president in US history pointed out that this shows that the country is still “deeply divided.”
“The power of this alternative point of view is present in the media that those voters consume, it has a lot of weight,” he reflected. And he admitted that this worries him. “It is very difficult for our democracy to function if we are operating on two different factual bases,” Obama said; to which the interviewer commented that it seems that there is not going to be a peaceful transition of power and recalled how his predecessor in office, Republican George W. Bush (2001-2009), and the late Conservative legislator John McCain congratulated him when he arrived to the White House.
Disappointment with the Republicans
“It could not be more gentle,” recalled Obama, who, however, settled that “Joe Biden will be the next US president, Kamala Harris will be the next vice president. There is no legal basis” for Trump’s allegations. In this regard, he was questioned about the support that the outgoing president is obtaining from members of the Republican Party, who are not questioning his accusations without evidence that there has been electoral fraud.
“And that has been disappointing,” Obama stressed, “but it has been normal in these last four years. Obviously they do not think there was a fraud because they did not say anything during the first two days, but there is damage in this, because what happens It’s that the peaceful transition of power, the notion that any of us who are elected to office, whether they are a dog rescuer or a president, serves the people. It’s a temporary job. “
Throughout the interview, Obama recalled some moments of his Presidency and the moment when he left the White House in January 2017. “When my Presidency ended, two things happened: One was, objectively, that I had more time,” he said. the ex-president. “But the second,” he stressed, “is that (Michelle) was able to leave some of the stress she felt of having to do everything right all the time. I was watched all the time.” “You know, she breathed in relief after holding it (her breath) for almost ten years at that point,” Obama said.