President Trump is nothing if not controversial, and so much so that even the last president of the United States has some pretty strong opinions on him. The former president has been enjoying life outside of the spotlight and adjusting to his new reality as a "civilian," but that doesn't me he and Michelle don't have serious concerns about where the country they love is heading.
According to an insider, Barack Obama hasn't had nice things to say about Trump privately, though has maintained a professional exterior throughout the election and inauguration process.
A friend revealed some harsh words Barack Obama had for his successor during the November elections.
"He's nothing but a bullsh**ter," Barack said in a private phone conversation to two of his close friends.
Another source close to Barack Obama revealed his current opinion on the state of US politics.
"He's deeply concerned with what he's seen. But he's also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren't just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls," they said.Michelle Obama, too, tried her hardest to ensure Trump didn't enter office, but unfortunately wasn't able to sway the American public. "I'm going all black for the next couple of years," she joked after he was elected.
Although Barack Obama said many things about Trump, including stating that he was "unfit" and "woefully unprepared," he has maintained professionalism and hasn't trashed him openly to the public since being elected.
Barack Obama's friend, David Axelrod from the University of Chicago, extrapolated on his statements.
"He's very respectful of the appropriate role of a former president and that ex-presidents should not be looking over the shoulder of their successors and commenting on every decision.Despite his opinions on Trump, which insiders say isn't very good, the Obama's have been enjoying time out of the spotlight. For five weeks after his presidency, Obama didn't speak to the press and enjoyed some much needed R&R with Michelle and friends on vacation.
President Obama's predecessor didn't do that. Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he's going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level," he said.
He is now making the rounds and speaking out about political issues he believes in, but in a much more subtle way than he was able to do as president.
Earlier this week, he and former first lady, Michelle Obama, went to Milan to speak at a food innovation conference.
"The good news is, in part because of what we did over the last eight years, the private sector has already made a determination that the future is in clean energy. Investments are moving into clean energy," he stated.
But the event hasn't been all business. Michelle and Barack Obama have been enjoying the culture and food of Italy while helping continue to make their mark on the world stage. After the conference, the pair will head to the Italian countryside in Tuscany, where they will continue to enjoy some rest and relaxation.Barack Obama has also unveiled some of his plans for his presidential library. He has stated that he will place it in Chicago, his hometown, which seems like the best place for it. He envisions it to be a real place for the community to get together. He hopes to make it a place for community and youth programs.
It will be on the South Side where he raised his family and began his political career, which only seems fitting.
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