The year is coming to a close, and what a year it has been. But, with 2017 just around the corner means that the Trump presidency is also in sight. As Obama is getting ready to take life as a private citizen, he isn’t going to leave office without letting his voice be heard about the dangerous man that is about to run the country.
In past presidential transitions, the leaving president usually goes quietly, as a way of showing respect to the incoming president. But, this elect was by far the most unorthodox election of our time and President Barrack Obama has vowed to not leave in silence.
Obama went on CNN to conduct an exit interview with David Axelrod, former senior advisor. In the interview he explains how Trump is a threat to a country build on democracy. The problem with Trump is beyond policies and that’s what makes Obama speak out.
The President said, “At a certain point, you make room for new voices and fresh legs. That doesn’t mean that if there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn’t just a debate about a particular tax bill or, you know, a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy, that I might not weigh in.”
Obama went on to speak about what would have happened if he was allowed to run against Trump for the presidency. He was more than confident that he would have beaten Trump. “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
Having Obama run for a third term would have been great for the country but as the 22nd Amendment states: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
The next four years will be tough for everyone, but with our voices backed up by our president we wont stay quiet. As Obama stated, “You know, I’m still a citizen and that carries with it duties and obligations.”
You can listen in on the whole interview below: