Former President Barack Obama said that Donald Trump ‘exceeded’ his worst nightmare in an interview with The Late Show.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert, he also shared what he perceived as the current administration’s incompetence at tackling the pandemic.
Colbert said in the interview: “I just want to take a moment to drink you in for just a moment. Because I’m having to get used to looking at a president again. I’ve gotten out of the habit. I have to warm up for Joe Biden. I don’t want to pull anything when I see him take the oath of office.”
Obama agreed and replied: “We’ve got the potential of returning to a presidency that is actually paying attention and trying to do right by all people and not just some.”
In the interview, Obama referred to the administration’s response to the pandemic as ‘shambolic’ and said it is not ‘rocket science’ to take scientific recommendations seriously.
“Had we just taken those steps there is no doubt that we would have saved some lives and ironically, the economy would have been better,” he expressed.
When asked if he was shocked that Republicans did not see the ‘political advantage’ of acting as they cared, the former president replied: “I think that that is a measure of how detached from reality and how embedded ideological and conspiratorial thinking has become, where you’re doing it even when it’s to your disadvantage.”
The host reminded Obama about the time he invited Trump into the White House after the 2016 election, describing it as a ‘chilling moment’ as he had an ‘emotional flash’ of the ways the ‘dignity of the office’ could be abused.
“Were you having a similar feeling in that moment?” Colbert asked.
“Yeah, it was a concern,” Obama replied. When the host asked if those concerns were ‘borne out,’ the former president said they were ‘exceeded.’
Obama also talked about his new best-selling book A Promised Land.
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