In a press conference Monday morning, ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Obama if anything concerns him about a Trump presidency?
“I think that he successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him,” Obama said, “But regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up. And those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick. Because reality has a way of asserting itself.”
Obama used his own healthcare plan as an example, trying to indicate that Trump may not find the job as easy as he thinks, and may not actually do everything he promised. He stated that even though Republicans have wanted to repeal Obamacare, “now they’re going to have to take another look and see that we have 20 million people who have health insurance that didn’t have it before, healthcare costs of generally gone up at a significantly slower rate than they did before, which has saved the federal treasurer hundreds of billions of dollars.” He claimed that people who have health insurance are benefiting in ways they may not even be aware of.
Obama claimed he will be presenting to the new administration “a country that is stronger, a federal government that is working better, a national security that is more effective and truer to our values, and energy policies that are resulting in less pollution and more jobs.”
Raddatz couldn’t let it drop. She said, “But Mr. President, you had talked specifically about his temperament. Do you still have any concern about his temperament?”
Obama said condescendingly, “Whatever you bring to this office, this office has a habit of magnifying and point out, hopefully then you correct for it.” He added, “I think what will happen with the President-elect is that there are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects them.”
In a direct slam on Trump Obama said, “When you’re a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than when you’re President of the United States.”