According to People, former President Obama told two friends early last November that President Trump is “nothing but a bullshitter.” Obama allegedly made the comment while describing an election-night phone conversation with Trump in which the president-elect spoke of his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama following years of contention between the two.
Obama’s two friends revealed the sentiment to People while being interviewed for the magazine’s new cover story on the Obamas’ adjustment to life outside the White House. When asked if Obama’s opinion of Trump has changed since the new president was inaugurated, one source said, “Well, it hasn’t gotten any better.”
People quoted another source close to Obama as saying, “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.”
“Bullshitter” is only one on the list of adjectives that Obama has attached to Trump. During the 2016 campaign, Obama called Trump “unfit,” “woefully unprepared” and “unacceptable.” Since the election, Obama has not publicly violated the unwritten code of conduct among ex-presidents that prohibits criticizing the current president.
“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,” said David Axelrod, Obama’s political strategist and long-time friend who is now director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
“President Obama’s predecessor didn’t do that. Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he’s going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level.”
Following her vehement campaign against Trump in the 2016 election, Michelle Obama has remained publicly silent since his election. Privately, she joked with visitors last December that she would need mourning attire that she would call “the black series.”
“I’m going all black for the next couple of years,” she said.
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