In the extended version of Donald Trump’s Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly that aired on Monday, the president gave a stunningly bizarre answer when the Fox News host asked him how he knows that former President Obama is fond of him.
Trump says he knows it to be true because he “can feel it.”
Trump said, “It’s a very strange phenomenon. We get along, I don’t know if he’ll admit this, but he likes me…”
O’Reilly interrupted, “How do you know he likes you?”
The president then gave a strange response, saying he is certain Obama likes him “because I can feel it, that’s what I do in life, it’s called, like, I understand.”
Even for Trump, who is known to speak incoherently, this response was particularly outlandish.
Trump steered back on topic, saying: “We had a rough campaign … he was vicious during the campaign toward me, and I was vicious toward him … And then we hop into the car and we drive down Pennsylvania avenue together. We don’t even talk about it. Politics is amazing.”
While Trump is right that President Obama showed incredible class during the transition period, there is little likelihood, despite Trump’s feelings, that the 44th president likes him. Obama was simply putting the country ahead of politics.
For years, the current president questioned Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy as a U.S. president. He built a campaign – and, ultimately, a presidency – on the lie that the first African American president was not a natural born citizen of the United States.
The idea that Obama likes him is a foolish one.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.