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It’s been almost four months now since Barack and Michelle Obama moved out of the White House. But it doesn’t sound like their lives have slowed down much since leaving the U.S. presidency behind.
The Obamas are featured on the latest cover of People magazine, and in the issue, People breaks down what the Obamas have been up to since Barack left office. According to the magazine, they are spending the bulk of their time focusing on the Obama Presidential Center, which is set to be built in Chicago in 2018. They’re also working on separate memoirs that are set to bring in about $60 million. And of course, they’re trying to spend as much time as they can with their teenage daughters Malia and Sasha.
But it seems as though President Obama still keeps one eye on U.S. politics and has some opinions on how Donald Trump has decided to run the country during his first few months in office. Obama may have been all smiles back in January when he handed the keys to the country over to Trump, but according to a friend who spoke with People, Obama doesn’t think much of the 45th President of the United States of America. The friend went as far as to say that Obama made an unflattering remark about Trump shortly after he was elected President. Obama apparently said:
“He’s nothing but a bullshitter.”
Since then, Trump has had some time to prove himself as President. But Obama’s thoughts on him haven’t changed much. According to that same friend, Obama’s opinion of Trump “hasn’t gotten any better” in recent months.
But Obama hasn’t turned his back on Trump completely. While he may not necessarily agree with the way he has gone about doing things during his time in the Oval Office, the friend who spoke with People said that Obama would “take his call and try to help” if Trump ever found himself in a bind.
But given some of the comments Trump has made about Obama as recently as Thursday morning—and given some of the things Trump has said about Obama in the past—we don’t think Obama has to worry about waiting by the phone for Trump’s call anytime soon.
This isn’t the first time Obama has been critical of Trump. While campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton in late 2016, Obama used words like “woefully unprepared” and “unfit” when describing Trump as a potential president. But he has steered clear of openly ripping Trump since he became president because of an unwritten code of conduct that prevents former presidents from taking aim at whoever is currently in office.
Obama’s longtime friend and political strategist David Axelrod said Obama plans to follow that code, regardless of the moves Trump makes as 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. 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.”
The People magazine issue featuring the Obamas on the cover is set to hit newsstands on Friday.
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