Since leaving the Oval Office, former President Barack Obama has not given much insight as to what he thinks of his successor. Classy and laid back as always, Obama has said time after time that a our democracy is contingent upon the peaceful transition of power.
In private, however, Obama has been quite frank about his feelings regarding President Donald Trump. According to PEOPLE, shortly after Trump was elected in November, Obama told two of his close friends exactly what he thought of the new president:
“He’s nothing but a bullish*tter,” he told them as he described a phone call from President-elect Donald Trump on election night—after all the years of harassing Obama throughout his presidency — to tell him of the “admiration” and “respect” that he had for him.
Yeah, sure… pretty hard to believe coming from the person who came up with the birther theory and who’s openly dogged Obama countless times during his presidency.
Another source close to the former president told PEOPLE:
‘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 with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls.’
Deeply concerned is right. During his first 118 days in office, Trump has accused the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential election and leaking information. To add fuel to the already burning fire, he’s also managed dismantle ObamaCare, along with numerous other Obama-era policies, shared top-secret information with Russian officials, suggested that the FBI stop their investigation into Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Obama has been very respectful and careful as to not publicly violate the unwritten code of conduct that bars ex-presidents from criticizing the current president. David Axelrod, Institute of Politics director at the University of Chicago and one of Obama’s close friends, 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 their every decision.’
‘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.’
Oh Obama, how we miss your wisdom and class.
Check out some of Obama’s best moments of his presidency below, courtesy of YouTube:
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