WATCH: Obama Tells Colbert That Trump’s Abuses of Office “Exceeded” His Expectations
When Donald Trump won the presidency, Barack Obama treated him with the same courtesy he had been given. While the 44th president was clearly worried about the 45th, he did everything to make his transition a smooth one.
It is now nearly 4 years later and Trump has been voted out of office in favor of Joe Biden. Obama has spent much of the year speaking off the cuff about Trump. That didn’t change during a Monday interview with Stephen Colbert. Obama told the CBS host that Trump’s abuses of office exceeded his expectations.
Obama stared by discussing his excitement for a Biden presidency. “We’ve got the potential of returning to a presidency that is actually paying attention and trying to do right by all people and not just some.”
The 44th president also ripped into Trump’s pandemic response:
“If we had done the work, which was not rocket science, we’re not talking about inventing vaccines — and I’m glad to see the vaccine is now coming on board. But, preliminarily communicating effectively, respecting the science, not undermining the leading epidemiologist in the country and saying he’s an idiot, being consistent in terms of masks and social distancing. Not suggesting that this is some act of oppression, but rather a common sense thing to prevent people from getting sick. Had we just taken those steps, there is no doubt that we would have saved some lives, and ironically, the economy would be better.”
The interview closed with Colbert saying how, at first, he was worried about how Trump would abuse the office. He asked Obama if those concerns were “borne out.” Obama responded by saying that they were “exceeded.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of CBS: