A circulating story from People magazine claims that Barack Obama told two friends after his election night call with Trump that he’s “nothing but a bulls***er,” and that his opinion hasn’t changed since.
Obama’s Opinion of Trump on Election Night
According to People magazine’s sources, Obama described his election night phone call with Donald Trump to two friends, in which Trump supposedly suddenly professed his “respect” and “admiration” for former President Obama despite their years-long feud.
The two friends told People that Obama bluntly called President Trump “nothing but a bulls***ter,” after that phone call. When the two friends were pressed about whether Obama’s opinion has changed since, one responded by saying “Well, it hasn’t gotten any better.”
Former President Barack Obama has been careful since the election about not publicly criticizing the current president of the United States, according to an unwritten code of conduct among all ex-presidents. Former President George Bush also refrained from commenting on Obama’s administration while he was in office.
However, Obama’s thoughts should come as no surprise, given his public rhetoric on Trump during his 2016 campaign. Obama has called Trump “unfit”, “woefully unprepared” and unacceptable,” and warned the public about a Trump Presidency several times during the elections.
Obama’s long-time friend, political strategist and director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, David Axelrod said: “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 Optimistic Thoughts?
According to PEOPLE, a third source has claimed that Obama is “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.”