As of today, Barack Obama’s (59) memoirs are on the book shelves – at least the first part. The English-language original of “A Promised Land”, in which the ex-US president mainly talks about his presidential election campaign and his term of office up to the assassination of Osama bin Laden, comprises a proud 764 pages.
In his interview tour around the publication, another topic dominates: his successor Donald Trump (74) and his refusal to admit his defeat.
“We would never accept such behavior with our own children if they lose, right?”, Says Obama, father of Malia (22) and Sasha (19), in an interview with “60 Minutes”. In the same interview format, Donald Trump was also a guest shortly before the US elections – but the conversation broke off rashly. “I mean, if my daughters sulked in any competition and then, if they lost, accused the other side of cheating, even if there was no evidence, we’d scold them.”
“It takes more than an election against Trump”
In an interview with “The Atlantic” Obama makes it clear that Trump is not exactly the embodiment of traditional American masculinity, as some conservatives would advocate. “There is the idea that a man stands by his word, that he takes responsibility, that he does not complain that he is not a tyrant – but defends the weak against tyrants.” None of this applies to Trump. He is more like Richie Rich – an unsympathetic nineties film character who “complains, lies, takes no responsibility for anything”.
Regarding the split in the US fueled by Trump, Obama tells the BBC: “It will take more than one election to reverse this trend.” Trump had incited different sections of the population against each other for political reasons – also through his handling of the truth. In this way a way of dealing with what some referred to as “truth decay” has been established, in which “everything is allowed and facts do not count”.
Trump put Obama’s security at risk
Barack Obama and his family suffered as a result long before the election when Trump spread the claim that Obama was not born in the United States and was therefore not legally in office. “He promised millions of Americans who were frightened by a black man in the White House an elixir to treat their ethnic fears,” writes Obama in his memoir, from which the “Spiegel” published an excerpt in advance.
Trump’s unrestrained security endangered his family. It is clear that Trump “wasted no thought on the consequences of spreading conspiracy theories that he almost certainly knew were wrong, as long as he achieved his goals.” (kin)