Barack Obama says Donald Trump "surpassed" his worst nightmares and that the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was "shambolic" in an interview with Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show
- Obama appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night
- He called the US government's response to the pandemic "Shambolic".
- He also said that Trump's presidency "exceeded" his worst nightmares
Barack Obama has admitted that Donald Trump "exceeded" his worst nightmares during an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.
Obama appeared on the talk show Tuesday night talking about his new book The Promised Land.
He also spoke about what he felt was the Trump administration's incompetence in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama called the US administration's response to the crisis "Shambolic," suggesting that it was not "rocket science" and that "the country's leading epidemiologist" has been undermined.
Former US President Barack Obama has admitted that Donald Trump "exceeded" his worst nightmares during an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show
He also said that safety measures like wearing masks and social distancing should be viewed as "common sense" rather than an "act of repression".
"If only we had taken these steps we would have undoubtedly saved some lives and, ironically, the economy would have been better," Obama said.
On the subject of Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, host Stephen Colbert described the moment as "terrifying" and saw an "emotional flash" of all the possible ways in which office dignity could be "abused".
On the subject of Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, host Stephen Colbert described the moment as "daunting."
When he asked Obama if he had a similar feeling, he replied, "Yes, that was a problem."
When asked if he believed these concerns had been "confirmed", Obama replied that they had been "exceeded".
Obama added that he felt people were "exhausted" from the "World Wresting Federation's constant cage match."
A Promised Land, the first of two planned volumes, was released on November 17 and sold nearly 890,000 copies on the first day
"People just want to feel like a day goes by without something crazy from the White House dominating."
During the interview, Obama also discussed his new book, A Promised Land, which lists the events that led to his decision to run for president.
The book sold more than 1.7 million copies in its first week in North America, surpassing the book debuts by his wife Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
A Promised Land, the first of two planned volumes, was released on November 17th and sold nearly 890,000 copies on the first day.