Obama Answers DREADED Question: How Has Trump IMPRESSED Him?

January 10, 2017Jan 10, 2017

It's never easy to admit the strengths of someone you really don't like. And though President Obama must practice diplomacy, it is no secret that he and his wife do not like Trump.

In fact, the outgoing First Lady was previewed on Oprah as saying that she now knows what it feels like to be hopeless, after Trump's win.

Nevertheless, part of Obama's outgoing duties is to graciously hand over power. He has met publicly with Trump, and you can see the visible strain on their faces.


In a recent interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Obama was asked how Trump has impressed him. His answer could be taken at face value, or you could see it as a loosely-shrouded insult. You can be the judge.

First responding that Trump is "very engaging and gregarious," Obama added:

"He is somebody who I think is not lacking in confidence. It's probably a prerequisite for the job, or at least you have to have enough craziness to think that you can do the job. I think that he has not spent a lot of time sweating the details of, you know, all the policies."

Stephanopoulos, probably sensing the tension in Obama's answer, then asked if that worried him. Obama responded again with an answer that could be taken multiple ways:

"I think it depends on how he approaches it," said the President.  "If it gives him fresh eyes, then that can be valuable. But it also requires you knowing what you don't know and putting in place people who do have the kinds of experience and background and knowledge that can inform good decision making."

And maybe the most telling remark in how to interpret his statements was this: "And look, I think it's fair to say that he and I sort of opposites in some ways."

Another potential jab was Obama's statement that running the White House was not like Trump's former experience in running a "family business." The Christian Post reports he told Stephanopoulos:

"You can't manage it the way you would manage a family business. You can't manage it the way you would manage a Senate office. I was a senator before I became president. And so you have to have a strong team around you.

He continued, "You have to have respect for institutions and the process to make good decisions because you are inherently reliant on other folks."

Regardless of Obama's personal feelings about his successor, Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20th. How do you interpret Obama's answers about Trump? Let us hear in the Comments! Thank you!