“You don’t need my advice, and I will help you in any way that I can. Now, I don’t plan on suddenly working on the White House staff or something like that, ”the former president said.
Former United States President Barack Obama (2009-2017) ruled out accepting a hypothetical position in the future government to form his former vice president, Joe Biden, after winning the elections on November 3 and joking: “Michelle would abandon me”, in an interview with CBS broadcast this Sunday.
Biden “doesn’t need my advice, and I will help you in any way that I can. Now, I don’t plan on suddenly working on the White House staff or something like that, “Obama said, to which the CBS interviewer asked,” No government positions for you? “
And the ex-president replied: “There are things I wouldn’t do because Michelle (his wife) would leave me. Yes, I’d say ‘What? You’re going to do what? “He joked.
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 , it 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 he was disappointed for 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 noted 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 what the interviewer commented that it seems that there will be no peaceful transition of power and he recalled how his predecessor in office, Republican George W. Bush (2001-2009), and the late Conservative legislator John McCain congratulated him when he arrived at the White House.
“Couldn’t 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 something normal in the last four years. They obviously don’t think there was a fraud because they didn’t say anything for the first two days, but there is harm in this, because what happens is that the peaceful transition of power, the notion that any of us who are elected to office, Whether you are a dog rescuer or a president, you serve the people. It’s a temporary job”.
Throughout the interview, Obama recalled moments from his presidency and the time when he left the White House in January 2017.
“When my Presidency ended, two things happened: One was, objectively, that he had more time “, affirmed the ex-president.
“But the second,” he stressed, “is that (Michelle) was able to let go of 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.