Former President Obama said he had a sense of “serenity” during President Trump’s inauguration when asked by Prince Harry what was going through his mind on that day.
The recently-engaged British royal played the role of interviewer for a segment that aired Wednesday on the BBC. During the radio segment (listen to the interview in its entirety below), Obama said the first thing he thought during Trump’s inauguration was how thankful he was that former first lady Michelle Obama had been his “partner through that whole process.”
There was a “satisfying feeling that was mixed with all the work that was still undone,” he said, adding, “But overall, there was serenity there.”
Calling the presidential experience “surreal,” Obama nevertheless noted that his exit from the White House didn’t feel “abrupt.”
In September, CNN reported that Obama, in his Inauguration Day letter, offered “reflections” instead of advice.
In his letter, Obama congratulated Trump on his “remarkable run,” and said that “all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during [his] tenure.”
In the interview, Obama said he is now able to “focus on long-term problems” and went on to explain that he can “make sure that we don’t have more hurricanes and natural disasters” occurring because of “climate change.”
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