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Obama saw the 2016 loss of Hillary Clinton as a ‘personal insult’

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 5/3/2019 John Gage

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Former President Barack Obama was unhappy with Hillary Clinton and her failed “soulless campaign” in 2016, saying he saw her loss as a “personal insult.”

The new details come from a recently released update to New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker’s book Obama: The Call of History.

The new edition, which includes Obama’s reaction to the 2016 election, said Obama compared himself to Michael Corleone, the titular character of "The Godfather." Obama thought he “almost got out” of office untouched, like a mob boss avoiding a hit job.

Obama found himself shocked by the election results, thinking before Nov. 8 there was “no way Americans would turn on him” and “[h]is legacy, he felt, was in safe hands.”

a man looking at the camera © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc. The book details that Obama could not believe Americans had “decided to replace him with a buffoonish showman whose calling cards had been repeated bankruptcies, serial marriages and racist dog whistles.”

Obama allegedly told his speechwriter Ben Rhodes after meeting Donald Trump that the future president “peddles in bulls---.”

Rhodes responded, saying he thought Trump was a character right out of the book "Huckleberry Finn."

“Maybe that’s the best we can hope for,” Obama said.


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