Obama Describes White House Life as ‘A Very Nice Prison’

Former President Barack Obama bluntly likened living in the White House to incarceration during an environmental summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday.

Former White House chef Sam Kass had wondered, “Everyone wants to know about what you miss about the White House. I’m curious to know about what you don’t miss.”

“The hardest thing about being the President of the United States is it is unique in its isolation,” Obama said. “You live in what’s called ‘the bubble.’ And it is a very nice prison.”

The former chief executive outlined that “you don’t have the freedom of movement to be able to just take a walk, or to sit in a cafe, because there’s always this security concern around you. I don’t miss that.”

Mr. Obama then cracked that “now, I’m only captive to selfies — which is almost as bad. I can walk anywhere as long as I don’t mind taking a selfie every two steps.”

During the same discussion, the former president contended that “people have a tendency to blame politicians when things don’t work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve; and if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.”

You can watch video above, via MSNBC.

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