President Barack Obama was just as confused as the rest of us when Donald Trump was elected into office and a new book gives us a good sense of just how shook the former President was with the new world order.
Obama’s longtime adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes is releasing a memoir next week called “The World as It Is” that offers insight from the frontlines at the White House during Obama’s eight years in office, reports the New York Times.
Although we saw our forever President cool and level-headed the days after Trump was elected, Rhodes reveals that Obama was shook about the chaos that a Trump Presidency would bring to the table and the damage Trump would do trying to erase his achievements.
He recalls a time when the normally confident President questioned his own methods.
“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.
“Maybe we pushed too far,” Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
“Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” he said.
Rhodes said Obama went through “multiple emotional stages” and there were even times when our cool-headed Al Green singing President flashed anger.
And Obama is much like all of us and took well-deserved jabs at Trump calling him a “cartoon” figure who was obsessed with crowd sizes. Rhodes said in the eight years he was in Obama’s close-knit inner circle, the positive President rarely expressed self-doubt. Now, he wondered if he had “misjudged” his own influence on American history. He was worried because he was handing over the baton to a man who “had questioned his very birth.”
That’s a hurt place.