Former President Barack Obama recalled some of his early interactions with current President Donald Trump before Trump began circulating so-called conspiracy theory about Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election.
In his new book, A Promised Land, Obama writes that during the Deepwater Horizon 2010 crisis, Trump called White House advisor David Axelrod "out of the blue" to suggest that I hire him to plug the well have.
When Trump was informed that the well was almost sealed, he had switched gears. He noted that we had recently held a state dinner under a tent on the South Lawn and told Ax that he was ready to build "a beautiful ballroom" in the White House – an offer that was politely refused, "wrote Obama.
Former President Barack Obama (left) wrote about some of his early interactions with current President Donald Trump (right) in his new book, A Promised Land.
In 2010, Obama wrote that Trump had called White House adviser David Axelrod and offered to plug the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded in April, causing a major spill
Trump changed direction and offered to build a "beautiful ballroom" on the White House grounds since the Obamas had pitched a tent for a state dinner with Mexico in May 2010
Trump was referring to the Obama administration's second state dinner in May 2010 with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, where a tent was erected on the South Lawn to accommodate more guests than the State Dining Room or East Room would allow.
Trump later built a ballroom for his Washington, DC hotel.
Trump's pitch came in the months before he became the most prominent voice advocating the so-called "birth" conspiracy theory, suggesting that the country's first black and bi-racial president was not born in America.
Trump considered a White House offer for 2012 that he never carried out.
Obama struggled with the release of his birth certificate in April 2011.
A few days later, he impaled Trump over dinner for the White House Correspondents' Association and jokingly released the Obama birth video – the opening segment of Disney's "The Lion King".
Obama mocked Trump for believing he had enough experience to become president, using a "Celebrity Apprentice" scenario.
"But apart from all jokes, of course we all know about your references and your experience," Obama said on stage while Trump was in the audience.
For example – no seriously, just recently on an episode of "Celebrity Apprentice" – at the steakhouse, the men's cooking team didn't impress the judges of Omaha steaks. And there was a lot of blame, "said Obama. “But you, Mr. Trump, have realized that the real problem is a lack of leadership. And so, in the end, you didn't blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. & # 39;
“And those are decisions that would keep me up at night. Treated well, sir. Treated well, ”said a sarcastic Obama.
Obama wrote that when Trump started beating the "birther" drum, former first lady Michelle Obama feared – as she did when he ran for president – an assassination attempt.
"Just thinking about Trump and the symbiotic relationship with the media made her angry," wrote the ex-president. She saw the whole circus for what it was: a variation in the press' obsession with flagpens and punches during the campaign, the same readiness of both political opponents and reporters to legitimize the idea that her husband was suspect, a disgraceful "other". & # 39;
"She made it clear to me that her concerns about Trump and obstetrics were not related to my political outlook, but rather to the safety of our family," wrote Obama. "People think it's all a game," she said. "They don't care that there are thousands of men with guns who believe every word that is said," he continued, quoting his wife.
In A Promised Land, Obama does not place Trump and his birthright in any other category than the Republican leadership: now retired House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who remains Senate GOP Leader . and is currently providing Trump cover to keep the 2020 presidential race from awarding President-elect Joe Biden.
"They too have understood that it doesn't matter whether what they say is true," wrote Obama of McConnell and Boehner. "The only difference between Trumps and their political style was Trump's lack of inhibition."
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