Aafter some more serious interviews surfaced last week, former President Barack Obama took a book tour late into the evening on television, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel live for the third time in five years to assess this strange moment in American history.
“Why did you leave us with him?” Kimmel asked his distant guest as the applause from his limited live audience died away.
“I had to follow the Constitution and Michelle’s mandate,” Obama explained, to which the host responded. “The Constitution seems a bit shaky lately. So I think Michelle̵
Maintain a copy of Obama’s new memoirs Promised landKimmel asked, “Have you done so long to make sure Trump never reads it?”
“I don’t think it should have been 700 [pages] to make sure he didn’t read it from what I heard, ”Obama replied, laughing.
From there, the couple talked a little about who sold more copies of their book on the first day, Barak or Michelle, and why the former president is “afraid” of his teenage daughter Sasha.
Show viewers on the new cover of With style magazine with an extremely casual Obama on the cover, along with the headline “This is what I do,” Kimmel asked, “How many martinis were you in this picture?” When Obama said he was shot around noon, the host joked, “Oh, so you have no excuse. “
It was only after a break that they entered the more pressing current events, such as the current president’s continued refusal to cede Joe Biden’s 2020 election.
“Do you feel that when you congratulated Biden and Senator Harris that you did this prematurely?” Kimmel asked.
“No, I thought I was on time,” Obama said, laughing. “It simply came to our notice then. Before, the White House’s communications system was better. It was real time. There were a lot of computers out there that actually told you what was going on in the world. “
Asked if there were any secret places in the White House that “could be hidden” if they were removed, Obama joked, “Well, I think we can always send naval seals there to dig it up.”
“I want the transition to go better because we are wasting time during these crises,” Obama added more seriously. “When I came in, we were in the middle of a big crisis, a financial crisis. George W. Bush, he and I obviously had big political differences, but he’s a good man, he’s a patriot. And he ordered everyone on his team to work seamlessly with us during the transition. It could not be more merciful, it could not be more useful. And that actually helped us start trying to stop what could be a major depression instead of a major recession. “
Kimmel later asked Obama about the story that concludes his new book: the attack that killed Osama bin Laden.
“Part of the reason I ended the book about bin Laden’s attack was that it was at a time when the whole parent conspiracy was being waged by Donald Trump,” Obama said. “So you get the split screen that I experienced during my presidency, where we are planning this huge, risky, difficult operation that involves all the power and technology, skills and courage of the US military and intelligence. And at the same time, I’m dealing with a person who says I’m not born where I was born. “
“This gives you an example of the strangeness of modern politics, where you want the president to be focused on work, not the circus,” he continued. “But the circus is what often dominates the press. Finally, it dissipates much of the White House. And one of the things I always had to do was try to expose these things to make sure I kept my eye.
In response to what Kimmel called the “ridiculous” conspiracy theory that Trump recently put forward, claiming that bin Laden’s attack was falsified, Obama said, “Look, I mean, it would be absurd, except that the president of the United States is retouching it, “he added,” it’s just not what you want from the commander-in-chief. “
Kimmel eventually ended his interview by asking Obama if he and the first lady had “made love” the night he successfully ordered bin Laden’s assassination. “When I read the book and you talked about hearing people outside the White House chanting ‘United States, United States, United States,’ I had an image in my head, I really did.”
“I suspect she’s asleep,” Obama said. “Because the truth of the matter is that most of the time, when I was done, she would be asleep.” When Kimmel said there was no need to make excuses, his guest replied, “This is not an excuse, this is a complaint.”