Tonight, days before he exits the White House, 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Barack Obama where he went over his eight years as Commander-in-Chief and what he learned from his time in the Oval Office.
CBS correspondent Steve Kroft framed the interview with one they had done with Obama ten years ago, when they spoke with him just before he announced his candidacy for the presidency.
While noting that he’s a bit grayer, has more wrinkles and developed thicker skin since that interview, Obama also explained that one thing that surprised him about the job was the “severity of partisanship in this town.” He felt he had become a “lightning rod for some partisan battles.”
As for his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, the outgoing POTUS said he “was a change candidate.” He went on to say that the democratic system is “stable” and that it is possible to get things done in Washington.
When asked about the fact that both political parties chose historically unpopular candidates, Obama stated that it “indicates that there is a lot of cynicism out there.”
Discussing Trump and his transition, the president called him “an unconventional candidate” and that the transition has been “unusual.” He further said that he didn’t think someone could run an improvisational presidency.
Kroft and Obama also talked about Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments, with Kroft asking him if he’d like to take back the words “red line” when it came to Syria. Obama was a bit noncommittal and hesitant, due to he still feels he needed to say something regarding Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The two also took a walk where the president spoke about his wife and what he looks forward to after his eight years as the leader of the free world. “Look, I’m going to try to get some sleep,” he told Kroft.
“I am looking forward to getting out of the bubble,” Obama added.
Watch the whole interview above, via CBS.
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