According to a new book from New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker, former President Barack Obama heaped blame on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for allowing Donald Trump to win the 2016 election. In snippets of the book published by The Daily Mail on Friday, Baker recounts how Obama was dismayed by Clinton’s “scripted, soulless campaign” and complained to his family that she “brought many of her troubles on herself.”
Obama, according to the book, took Trump’s victory hard. In the weeks preceding the election, he said that he would take it as a “personal insult” if the New York billionaire won the election. To his family, he admitted: “This stings.” On election night, he was so distraught by the direction of the vote that he retired to the White House theater for a showing of Marvel’s “Dr. Strange” to keep his mind off the looming disaster.
The book, titled “Obama: The Call of History,” is actually a revised edition of a volume originally published in the summer of 2017. Baker went back and filled in some more details about the closing months of Obama’s presidency, which includes new insights into how the former president viewed Trump, Clinton, and what the 2016 election meant for his legacy.
The Daily Mail has details:
Obama was cordial to the president elect in their face-to-face meeting in the Oval Office, but in private Obama called Trump a conman straight out of Huckleberry Finn.
Obama even likened himself to Michael Corleone in the Godfather movies and said he was handing power over to somebody who would destroy his legacy.
As Obama saw it he ‘almost got out’ of the White House unscathed just like the mob boss nearly survived without being whacked.
Baker writes that Obama woke up on the morning of November 8 2016 convinced he would ‘not be handing the nuclear football over to Donald Trump – the reality television star, he thought, was a joke’.
Obama arrogantly thought there was ‘no way Americans would turn on him even though Clinton was far from perfect.
Behind-the-scenes stories about bad blood between Obama and Clinton are not new, so we’re not terribly surprised to hear any of this. Obama thought the 2016 election was all but in the bag…of course, so did Hillary. It was this overconfidence that became their ultimate downfall. Unable to see the simmering rage that eight years of leftist, anti-growth, politically-correct, terrorism-denying nonsense had inspired in the public, Obama and Clinton and all the rest of the Democrats thought the Age of the Republican was over. And maybe, if you’re talking about guys like McCain and Romney and Bush, they were right. A new day had arrived.
They just didn’t know until it walloped them over the head.
Hell, they may still not know.