In an interview with CBS’s Scott Pelly on Sunday night at 60 Minutes, former President Barack Obama hit Republicans to back up President Trump̵
“We would never accept this from our own children who behave this way if they lose, would they? I mean, if my daughters – in any competition – attack and – and then accuse the other party of fraud. “When they lose, when there was no proof of that, we would scold them,” Obama said.
The presidents, he said, are “temporary residents of the office, by design.”
“And when your time is up, your job is to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, your own interests and your disappointments,” Obama said.
“My advice to President Trump is that if you want to be remembered at this late stage of the game as someone who put the country first, it’s time for you to do the same.”
And speaking of the importance of a peaceful transition with Gail King of CBS News in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Obama also said that “this is temporary work. We are not above the rules. We are not above the law. This is the essence of our democracy. “
Asked what advice he would give Biden, Obama said he believed the president-elect did not need his advice, but pledged to help him “in any way I can.”
“I don’t plan on suddenly working for the White House staff or anything … Michelle would leave me,” he joked with the former first lady. “She’ll be like what? What are you doing?”
Although Trump has often attacked Obama, the former president has said he does not take them seriously.
“There are a lot of things he says that I don’t take personally or seriously, although I think they can often be destructive and harmful,” Obama told King.
Obama conducted a series of interviews dedicated to the release of the first volume of his memoirs, The Promised Land, which will be available on November 17. The book describes the 44th president’s childhood and political rise before immersing himself in his historic 2008 campaign and his first four years in the White House.
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