According to a new memoir from former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and consummate liar Ben Rhodes, after President Trump’s election in 2016, Barack Obama once again hoisted his narcissistic self to the heavens, thinking how visionary he was as he mused, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early.”
According to Rhodes, Obama’s comments were prompted by his aides telling him he would have defeated Trump if he had run for a third term and that the next generation would have preferred him to Trump.
As The New York Times reports, after Mr. Trump’s election, according to Rhodes, Obama vacillated from anger (calling Trump a “cartoon figure”) to taking the “long view.” Rhodes quoted Obama thinking of how Trump would undo what he had done, then alluding to “The Godfather,” saying, “I feel like Michael Corleone. I almost got out.”
Rhodes writes that aides wanted Obama to respond to criticism that he should be more vocal about Russia intruding on the U.S. election, but Obama demurred, allegedly saying, “I talk about it every time I’m asked. What else are we going to do? We’ve warned folks.”
Rhodes adds that Obama thought Trump would claim the election was rigged if Obama spoke out, saying, “If I speak out more, he’ll just say it’s rigged.”
Rhodes writes that Obama said despairingly of Trump’s victory, “Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.”
Rhodes writes that when Obama and Trump met, Trump focused on the size of the crowds that he and Obama could draw that Hillary Clinton could not. Rhodes claims when Obama spoke with aides afterward, he said, “I’m trying to place him in American history,” prompting Rhodes to respond that Trump peddled bull, adding, “That character has always been part of the American story. You can see it right back to some of the characters in Huckleberry Finn.”
Obama allegedly answered, “Maybe that’s the best we can hope for.”