Barack Obama boasted in a recent interview that he predicted Donald Trump would be a one-term president.
According to the Washington Examiner, Obama’s remarks came during a talk with the Spanish newspaper El Pais as part of his ongoing media tour to promote his new memoir.
Speaking with the paper, the 44th president said he didn’t expect Trump to win against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 — but he expected Trump to lose in 2020.
“I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected,” Obama said, according to the Examiner. “What I did expect, though, was that if he was elected, it’d be one term. I was right about that.”
A war of words
As the Examiner reported, Obama first made the prediction that Trump wouldn’t win in 2016 during an appearance that year on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Responding to a tweet from Trump alleging that Obama would “go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States,” Obama said, “At least I will go down as a president.”
Clearly, Obama’s forecast that Trump would lose didn’t come to fruition four years ago. But now that the media has declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 race, Obama is taking a victory lap, asserting that it’s time for Trump to concede despite allegations of voter fraud that are still making their way through the courts.
“Peaceful transfer of power between parties is part of what makes a democracy work,” Obama said in his interview, according to the Washington Examiner. “We didn’t delay for weeks on end pretending that it hadn’t happened,” he added of his own administration’s transition to a Trump White House in 2016.
Obama also spoke with El Pais about his successor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, reviving the old claim that President Trump failed to follow the “playbook” left to him by the Obama administration. “I arranged for all of my agencies and teams to prepare manuals for the transition,” Obama said, as the Examiner reported. “It seems that they didn’t follow those guidelines that we provided.”
The bottom line
According to Newsweek, Obama also said during his interview that he feels some of the progress he made as president has “dissipated” under Trump. Obama said his administration “worked very hard to restore America’s standing in the world, to rebuild the economy,” and that he feels “a sense of frustration” to see that undone.
But undoing Obama’s legacy was exactly what Trump had in mind when he first hit the campaign trail in 2016 — and in 2020, more than 70 million Americans made it known that they wanted four more years of a president who actually put them first.
From dropping the unemployment rate to historic lows ahead of COVID-19 to overseeing the rapid development of a vaccine to fight against the global pandemic, Trump has amassed a long list of accomplishments in his first term. If his claims of widespread election fraud don’t pan out, the president’s supporters could spend the next four years watching all of that success go up in flames.
Remember, I wouldn’t be President now had Obama and Biden properly done their job. The fact is, they were TERRIBLE!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020