People: Barack Obama thinks Donald Trump is ‘nothing but a bullsh-tter’

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I won’t say that I miss the Obamas every day, but that’s only because I won’t allow myself to think of the Obamas every day, or else I’ll get so sad that I might really start crying. That’s happened more than once. I have been thinking about President Obama a lot in the past few weeks, mostly when some fresh hell opens up in the Trump White House and I think, “Gee, I wonder what the reaction would have been if Obama had pulled even one tenth of what Trump has done?” Well, People Magazine is leaning into the Obama nostalgia, which is why they put this lovely photo of the Obamas on this week’s cover. You might think that Barry and Michelle sat down for a breezy interview with People, but they did not. People Mag spoke to sources close to the Obamas for this exclusive:

Cool, even-keeled, no-drama Barack Obama is one of the few people in the country who hasn’t publicly opined on the tweets and turmoil wrought by President Trump. And so a persistent question to those close to the former president is: What does Obama really think of the man now occupying the Oval Office?

“He’s nothing but a bullsh–ter,” Obama told two friends early last November, describing an election night phone call with Trump, in which the businessman suddenly professed his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama—after years of hectoring.

Speaking to PEOPLE for its new cover story on Obama and his wife Michelle adjusting to life outside the White House, the two friends quoted Obama’s blunt assessment of President-elect Trump. And how has Obama’s opinion changed since Trump been in office? “Well,” said one of the sources, “it hasn’t gotten any better.” A third source close to Obama tells PEOPLE: “He’s deeply concerned with what he’s seen. But he’s also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren’t just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls.”

“Bulls—ter,” while head-turning, shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone paying attention to Obama’s 2016 campaign rhetoric on Trump (“unfit,” “woefully unprepared” and “unacceptable”). But the former president has been meticulous since the election about not publicly violating that unwritten code of conduct among ex-presidents that bars criticizing whoever’s currently in the Oval Office.

“He’s very respectful of the appropriate role of a former president and that ex-presidents should not be looking over the shoulder of their successors and commenting on every decision,” says Obama’s long-time friend and political strategist David Axelrod, now director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. “President Obama’s predecessor didn’t do that. Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he’s going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level.”

As for the former first lady, she too campaigned forcefully against Trump last fall but has, since his election, not publicly shared her thoughts about him. Privately, is another story. To visitors last December, she joked about needing mourning attire that she would call “the black series.”

“I’m going all black for the next couple of years,” she joked.

[From People]

I respect the Obamas too much to criticize their actions post-presidency. And realistically, what could President Obama do differently? He served in office with honor and dignity and now he has to watch an orange buffoon burn it all to the ground. I also think Obama has a great deal of respect for the way George W. Bush stayed quiet during his presidency too, but surely Obama realizes that Dubya stayed quiet because Bush actually liked and respected Obama? Obama does not like or respect Trump, is what I’m saying. And the Resistance could use all the help we can get, so please, Mr. Obama, say what’s on your mind!

Cover courtesy of People, additional photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Shambles says:

    Cheers to you, Mr. President.


  2. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    Where is the lie?

    I wonder if Agent Orange is going to post about the Obamas on twitter this weekend.

  3. guest says:

    I miss Barack.

    The Obamas have so much class and never posted whiney stuff on Twitter etc.

    • doofus says:

      I was thinking about the Twitter aspect this AM.

      can you imagine if O had used twitter to complain about how he was being treated by “the media”, and emphasizing it by bringing up Bush scandals?

      I simply cannot as he’s so much classier than Orangina will ever be, or could ever HOPE to be.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Class went out, Trash went in.

  4. Kaye says:

    There’s a new Twitter account, ObamaPlusKids, that features only pictures of Obama interacting with children. In fact, you may have even introduced me to that, Kaiser, by retweeting it. Honest to God, some of those pictures make me cry for what we’ve lost.

    • NtSoSclBtrfly says:


    • doofus says:

      I have two fav O with kids pics.

      the first is the little boy who’s touching O’s hair to “see if it feels like mine”.

      and the other is the kid of one of his staffers dressed like Spiderman, and O is across the room acting like he got “hit” by a web.

      meanwhile, the orange terror won’t even go visit HIS OWN KID (or wife!) on the weekend. he’d rather golf.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There will be so many great ones on there. Both of them cracking up at the baby Popemobile at Halloween. Him singing Purple Rain to a kid dressed like Prince, also at Halloween. The little girl who wept on YouTube about them leaving, meeting him a the White House.

      • doofus says:

        and that video of both BO and MO dancing with that woman who had just turned 106.

        yeah, the little pope was great.

    • Janetdr says:

      I cry every time I think about it.

  5. Nicole says:

    I miss the Obamas but this is the right move. Let the other former presidents speak out (and they have) so he doesn’t get the hit. Frankly after the whole speech thing I would sit back and say nothing. They don’t deserve flak so why put themselves in the line of fire? They did that for 8 years. Let them live

    • Chloe says:

      I agree. I don’t think it’s their responsibility either and they will just get so much abuse. It’s time for others to speak up.

    • Alix says:

      Besides, their silence speaks VOLUMES.

  6. Betsy says:

    I’ve long thought Obama’s greatest flaw was just being too dang calm and intelligent. He keeps assuming the best of people. It’s fascinating because Donny seems to be the exact mirror image of President Obama.

    • annaloo. says:

      We always elect who is the 180 opposite of the last president:

      Bush SR: old, stale – Clinton: young, fresh
      Clinton: sleazeball perv – George W Bush:wholesome
      George ​w bush: dumb – Obama:smart

      • HappyMom says:

        So we should get someone brilliant, calm, dignified and a constitutional scholar. I hope we’re all alive to see it :/

  7. JenB says:

    Concisely put Mr. President. I’m going to get that magazine issue. It’s amazing how many people STILL buy Trump’s BS. His commencement speeches make me sick. Especially to the military graduates who are at the full mercy of the narcissist-in-chief.

    • SusanneToo says:

      The Draft Dodger in Chief. Five times. Bone spur. He can’t remember which foot.

  8. Kristen820 says:

    I really think that speaking selectively is the best plan. Calling out 45 only feeds into his (and his supporters’) martyr complex.

    Also, the Obamas are class acts who don’t throw temper tantrums via Twitter everytime they feel slighted. It’s beneath them. I love that they’re setting that tone, and making Drumpf look even more unhinged in the process.

  9. SusanneToo says:

    It’s the truth. And people should know that he said this privately last November. Although that won’t matter to Deplorables who have serious comprehension/reading problems.

    And this is one issue of People I’ll actually buy. I usually don’t even bother peeking at them while in line.

  10. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    This will send the orange twat into a meltdown. There will b a twitter rant about the obama campaign to smear him.

  11. jwoolman says:

    Obama doesn’t need to trash Trump, we’re all quite capable of mocking the Orange Maroon ourselves.

    Meanwhile, Obama can take the high road and focus on specific issues. He’s talked about working against gerrymandering, for instance, getting district lines drawn only by nonpartisan groups. I hope he works on voter suppression and getting paper backups for those machines at some point.

  12. Apples says:

    I like Obamas, however! Respecting anyone “too much to criticize their actions post-presidency” is exactly the kind of behavior that Trump is considering right and demands it from others. Let’s avoid that.
    So, I don’t care what Obamas do with their time now. They deserved everything they have and everything that will come their way. Miss them…

  13. Stacey Dresden says:

    Yes! Tell it, Barry! Waah I miss you.

  14. Indiana Joanna says:

    Great love and respect for President Obama. His brilliance and grace is missed in the Oval Office.

  15. Maria F. says:

    i am sure that the Obamas do there thing behind closed doors. And if it’s preparing the Democrats for the next elections and similar things.

    It’s the smartest thing he can do. He is so hated by the Republicans, that any comments would only play in their hands.

  16. QQ says:

    How Would Obama speaking be received by the SAME Ungrateful bigoted populace that kept accusing him of being a Kenyan, a Secret Muslim, Obstructing his every Step, Ya’ll ALREADY sat here parsing and shading about whether or not he gets to make a living like countless Presidents have after their terms, so Really and Honestly where can they win? Being quiet, minding their business, assisting a Candidate, parsing being circumspect, campaigning for a candidate vigorously, telling folks treachery was afoot, and GRITTING THEIR TEETH GRACIOUSLY to give the UNGRATEFUL American Public a Peaceful transfer of power wasn’t enough, what then is Good?? This Is what I always mean when Nothing The Obamas, Beyonce, Serena, Simone, Gabby, Gabourey Nothing they ever do is or will be enough to come to whatever BS level standard ya’ll impose on them

    • Sharon says:

      AMEN!! Reminds me of the 2010 midterms when Obama pleaded for folks to give him a Dem-Congress to work with and they stayed home. Not to mention the folks running stayed away from him. People got mad that he said ‘You get the government you deserve when you don’t vote’ but it’s true! Hillary wasn’t my dream candidate but she wouldn’t be undoing everything PBO did.
      And STOP asking Michelle Obama to run! You see what Hillary went through? Let’s add racism to the mix! I wouldn’t want her to go through that again. And honestly, after this election America doesn’t deserve her.
      Btw, I have questions about these ‘friends’ People spoke to. T

      • QQ says:

        YO thanks Sharon cause I FORGOT to add my rant about that THE F*CKING NERVE of people to ask this woman to run after demonizing her her looks her motives her causes GTFO She gets to do what she wants for the rest of her natural Black Life!, if that’s public, GOOD FOR US FOR THE BLESSING she is , but If Mom wants to stay at home, mind her kids, bake and eat bonbons and watch Ellen and thrift store shop with Mrs Robinson IM HERE FOR HER AGENCY

        Also i bet you 20 bucks is prolly the parents of them same attention Whorey friends Malia has that stay putting her business out there consistently… You’d think moneyed people would know couth and discretion but here we are

      • Say Whaa? says:

        @QQ/Sharon: No lies detected.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        YUP, and Michelle has stated repeatedly that she’s not interested in running for any office. I wish them both a happy retirement. They’ve both more than earned it.

    • mermaid says:

      QQ as usual for the win.

  17. Becks says:

    Come back and save us Barry 😢

  18. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    I think it’s probably the right thing for Obama to stay quiet. Trump and his crew love dwelling in the past and distracting from their own failures by citing their perceived failures of others. They and his supporters still play the “but Hillary” game long after she’s ceased to be relevant to the conversation. Putting Obama in the spotlight would only serve to remind Trump’s base of the reasons they support him and what they were “fighting”. I’d rather Trump were not given an easy, present “but Obama” to distract people from his failings.

  19. Bethany says:

    I think of him and miss him every day. He was better than we deserved. No Drama Obama will be treated kindly by history – one of top ten greatest presidents ever.

  20. MaybeTomorrow says:

    He may be a bullshitter (I agree) but that’s President Bullshitter. And not speaking about your successor publicly is a good thing. HIS successor knew that.

    Oh I know it was s friend. A friend with permission, folks, Not so cool.

    His voice adds NOTHING to this hot mess …just makes him look gossipy. If he didn’t give permission (I’m sure he did, but if he didn’t) — he needs to shut that breach down.

  21. GingTECH says:

    I for one am glad Obama is out. Thank gawd!! He was a mess. Give trump a chance people. Time for a change. Don’t bother replying, I’m never on this site anyway, just wanted to put my 2 cents in :). Obama wanted to take away guns, military jobs etc. Owning a gun is my RIGHT and the military job puts food on our table and pays the bills. Obamacare sure as hell didn’t.

    • Me43 says:

      Oh look it’s a Trumpie traitor who loves Russia more than their own country!!😂😂😂😂. Too bad your boy Trump will never ever be half the man Barack Obama is.

      • GingTECH says:

        Lol, opinions are like assholes- I’m sure you know the rest. Thankfully, I’m entitled to my own opinion, like you. Weird….trump won on an ELECTION – we the people voted for him….hmmmm. That’s saying something about the American people- if you don’t like it, move! Have a good day 🙂

      • Kate says:

        Think this is Drumf trolling and defending himself 🙂

    • Kate says:

      For someone who doesn’t look at comments and reply, you certainly wrote back to a comment…you are just as bad as the bs orange buffoon you elected. You are unAmerican and you support a traitor who is so immersed in scandals of his own creation that he has done nothing for this country. He is lining his pockets and getting richer while he sells us out to Putin. I hope you’re looking forward to loosing your nationality and learning Russian. Wait you might be Rump trolling on here to defend yourself 🙂 you fascist, racist, misogynistic troll.

  22. bonobochick says:

    Dubya sure does like Michelle, so maybe that is why he stayed quiet and just did his paintings. 🙂

    I miss The Obamas every single day. *sobs* Seriously, they aren’t perfect but they are inspirational people.

  23. Orange'n'Lime says:

    Obamas have tremendous charisma and charm but he’s a little at fault for the Orange One being in office. Should have punished Wall Street for effing up the assets and savings of millions when he had the power to, esp since he paid lip service to punishing Wall Street. Number of people living in poverty in 2010 was the highest in five decades. Obama contributed to income inequality and didn’t hold the 1% who unleashed a new wave of it to account. I feel like history’s going to judge him harshly when the economic historians finish writing their books.

  24. lol says:

    the cover is funny