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Obama says Trump ‘doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss’ in first interview since election 

Former President Barack Obama revealed he believes country is on a ‘dangerous path’ as he hit out at members of the Republican party for standing with President Trump on his claims of election fraud. 

In his first TV interview since the election, Obama spoke to Scott Pelley on CBS’ 60 Minutes about the unfounded allegations coming from the Trump campaign that the election was stolen from them.  

He claimed that they were a result of Trump being incapable of admitting defeat but that he was more troubled by the fact that certain members of the GOP are standing with him in the claims.  

‘They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss,’ Obama in a clip from the interview released by CBS on Thursday evening.  

‘I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion,’ Obama added. 

‘It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path.’  

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Former President Barack Obama revealed he believes country is on a 'dangerous path' as he hit out at members of the Republican party for standing with President Trump on his claims of election fraud during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes which will be aired in full Sunday

Former President Barack Obama revealed he believes country is on a ‘dangerous path’ as he hit out at members of the Republican party for standing with President Trump on his claims of election fraud during an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes which will be aired in full Sunday

Obama, pictured with Trump, believes that the president is incapable of admitting defeat

Obama, pictured with Trump, believes that the president is incapable of admitting defeat

Trump has maintained that he was won the election, despite it being called for his rival Joe Biden, and has launched lawsuits in several states. Pictured, his fans protesting the result

Trump has maintained that he was won the election, despite it being called for his rival Joe Biden, and has launched lawsuits in several states. Pictured, his fans protesting the result

The 60 Minutes interview, which will air in full this Sunday, is part of the former president’s book tour for his upcoming memoir ‘A Promised Land,’ to be released on November 17. 

In the book, Obama speaks in part about how Trump came to be his successor as he looks to the country’s reaction to his own election and how Trump took advantage of the racial tension.  

It was the first time that Obama has publicly condemned members of the Republican party for not allowing for a smooth transition of power to president elect Joe Biden in supporting Trump’s refusal to concede. 

Trump has launched several lawsuits in the likes of Pennsylvania and Michigan as welling as pushing theories about fraud in Georgia and Nevada, although no real evidence has yet been presented. 

All of these states were called for Biden in the election but his lead in was only by a few thousand votes. 

The Republican party has been divided among those who have congratulated Trump and those who haven’t.  

On Thursday,  the most powerful Republicans in Washington stood firmly behind Trump, but new cracks emerged among GOP leaders elsewhere who believe it’s time to treat Democrat Joe Biden like the president-elect he is.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who endorsed Trump’s reelection, became the latest Republican official to say what Trump and his allies refuse to accept. 

The GOP governor acknowledged that Biden’s lead is getting ‘bigger and bigger by the day’ and Trump’s legal options are dissipating.

‘Joe Biden is the president-elect, and I think like most Americans, we suspect he’ll be taking the oath of office in January,’ Sununu said, insisting there was no legal fraud in his state, which Biden easily carried.

President Donald Trump supporters line the street during a Stop The Steal demonstration as they baselessly allege that the Democrats unlawfully took the election

President Donald Trump supporters line the street during a Stop The Steal demonstration as they baselessly allege that the Democrats unlawfully took the election 

Trump supporters protest in Nevada. It is among the states where the Trump campaign has focused its efforts to question the election result although no evidence of widespread fraud has yet been produced. They have claimed that several dead people voted in Nevada

Trump supporters protest in Nevada. It is among the states where the Trump campaign has focused its efforts to question the election result although no evidence of widespread fraud has yet been produced. They have claimed that several dead people voted in Nevada 

Obama tweeted that he wrote his new book for the country's 'young people'

Obama tweeted that he wrote his new book for the country’s ‘young people’ 

Separately, the state and federal officials and election technology companies that run U.S. elections declared Thursday that the national election was ‘the most secure in American history’. 

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency said, ‘There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised’.

In a barely veiled shot at Trump and his supporters, the agency said that Americans should have confidence in the results although ‘we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections’.

Yet some Trump supporters have not been convinced and continue to protest, as they had outside the election count centers, as part of a ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign.  

'A Promised Land' is out on November 17

‘A Promised Land’ is out on November 17

Obama’s rebuke of his rival party came as it was revealed that he slammed Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir, which focuses on his first term in the White House. 

Writing about his book on social media, Obama said: More than anyone else, I wrote my book for young people—as an invitation to once again remake the world, and to bring about, through hard work, determination, and a big dose of imagination, an America that finally aligns with all that is best in us.’ 

In the 768-page tome, the Democrat reflects on his political career but divulges in the personal, admitting life in the White House increased his smoking habit and caused tension in his marriage with Michelle. 

He also speaks to race relations in the United States, writing it was his own historic election as the nation’s first black president that sparked some of the current division in the country.

‘It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,’ Obama writes in the book, which was obtained by CNN.

Donald Trump, he claims, sensed the country’s mood and took advantage of it to win the White House in the 2016 election.

‘Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety,’ he writes.

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Barack Obama slams Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir and writes Donald Trump took advantage of racial tension in the country to win the White House

Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump arrive at the Capitol for Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017

Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump arrive at the Capitol for Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017

Obama claims the roots of the country's racial division came with John McCain's decision to have Sarah Palin be his running mate in the 2008 election

Obama claims the roots of the country’s racial division came with John McCain’s decision to have Sarah Palin be his running mate in the 2008 election

But, Obama claims, the roots of the the problem came before the current president. He traces it to John McCain’s decision to name Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Obama Admits Daughter Malia Got Him to Quit Smoking 

In his memoir, Barack Obama reveals that the job strain of being president increased his smoking habit.

He would sometimes smoke eight or nine or ten cigarettes a day and look for a ‘discreet location to grab an evening smoke.’ 

But it was his eldest daughter Malia who got him to quit, which he did by ‘ceaselessly’ chewing nicotine gum, a tool he used after she frowned at him after ‘smelling a cigarette on my breath.’

Obama began smoking as a teenager and talked about his struggle to quit.

‘As a former smoker I constantly struggle with it,’ the then-president admitted during a press conference in 2009. ‘Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I daily smoker, a constant smoker? No. I don’t do it in front of my kids. I don’t do it in front of my family.’

He was never caught on camera smoking during his White House tenure.

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‘Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party — xenophobia, anti intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks — were finding their way to center stage,’ Obama writes.

However, he goes on to absolve McCain of any responsibility, saying he believed the senator, who died of brain cancer in 2018, wouldn’t have made the same choice if he knew what the future held. 

‘I’d like to think that given the chance to do it over again, he might have chosen differently,’ wrote Obama, who gave one of eulogies at McCain’s funeral. ‘I believe he really did put his country first.’ 

The book is the first of two parts coming from the former president – part of a $65 million deal he and Michelle Obama signed with Penguin Random House. The former first lady’s book ‘Becoming’ sold millions of copies when it came out in 2018, setting a high bar of expectations for her husband’s book. 

This book deals with his first term in the White House. It begins with his early political campaigns and ends with a meeting in Kentucky where he is introduced to the SEAL team involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

It recounts his first presidential election, his attempt to pass healthcare reform and his work with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner. 

His mentions of Trump come through the prism of Trump’s criticism of himself, including fanning the lie that Obama was not born in the United States.

He notes Trump’s musings were originally seen as a joke but he came to regard them as part of the Republican Party’s attempts to appeal to white Americans’ anxieties about the first black president.

‘In that sense, there wasn’t much difference between Trump and Boehner or McConnell. They, too, understood that it didn’t matter whether what they said was true,’ he writes, adding: ‘In fact, the only difference between Trump’s style of politics and theirs was Trump’s lack of inhibition.’

He also described McConnell as power hungry, writing what the Kentucky senator ‘lacked in charisma or interest in policy he more than made up for in discipline, shrewdness and shamelessness — all of which he employed in the single-minded and dispassionate pursuit of power.’ 

President Obama writes his own historic election - he and his family are seen at his January 20, 2009 inauguration - brought about racial tension in the country

President Obama writes his own historic election – he and his family are seen at his January 20, 2009 inauguration – brought about racial tension in the country

Obama's memoir - the first of two parts - focuses on his first term in the White House and his dealings with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner (seen above with President Obama at the White House in 2011)

Obama’s memoir – the first of two parts – focuses on his first term in the White House and his dealings with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner (seen above with President Obama at the White House in 2011)

Obama talks about Donald Trump in the book through the prism of Trump's criticism of him; the two men are seen in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016, a few days after Trump won the 2016 election

Obama talks about Donald Trump in the book through the prism of Trump’s criticism of him; the two men are seen in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016, a few days after Trump won the 2016 election

Obama praises George W. Bush in the book, noting how kind the Bushes were after the 2008 election - above the Obamas visit the Bushes at the White House on November 10, 2008

Obama praises George W. Bush in the book, noting how kind the Bushes were after the 2008 election – above the Obamas visit the Bushes at the White House on November 10, 2008 

But Obama has praise for other Republicans, including former President George W. Bush.

He spoke of his predecessor’s kindness after he won the 2008 election, noting he and his family received a warm welcome at the White House.

‘Whether because of his respect for the institution, lessons from his father, bad memories of his own transition… or just basic decency, President Bush would end up doing all he could to make the 11 weeks between my election and his departure go smoothly,’ Obama wrote.

He added that Bush’s daughters Barbara and Jenna ‘rearranged their schedules to give Malia and Sasha their own tour.’

And he noted how he used that as example for his own actions after the 2016 election. 

‘I promised myself that when the time came, I would treat my successor the same way,’ Obama said.  

There is also praise for his vice president, the incoming president Joe Biden, whom he campaigned for in the 2020 election.

‘I liked the fact that Joe would be more than ready to serve as president if something happened to me — and that it might reassure those who still worried I was too young,’ Obama wrote. ‘What mattered most, though, was what my gut told me — that Joe was decent, honest, and loyal. I believed that he cared about ordinary people, and that when things got tough, I could trust him. I wouldn’t be disappointed.’ 

The book also divulged into the personal with Obama discussing his marriage and how the White House increased his smoking habit.

He admits that he would sometimes smoke eight or nine or ten cigarettes a day and look for a ‘discreet location to grab an evening smoke.’ 

But it was his eldest daughter Malia who got him to quit, which he did by ‘ceaselessly’ chewing nicotine gum, a tool he used after she frowned at him after ‘smelling a cigarette on my breath.’

Malia Obama was 10 and Sasha Obama was seven when their father won the White House. 

In his book Obama praises Joe Biden's qualifications to be president, above he campaigns with Biden in Flint, Michigan, in October

In his book Obama praises Joe Biden’s qualifications to be president, above he campaigns with Biden in Flint, Michigan, in October 

Obama admits life in the White House led to tensions with his wife Michelle

Obama admits life in the White House led to tensions with his wife Michelle

Obama admits being in the White House increased his smoking habit but he quit when Malia frowned at him for it; the president is seen with his daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House in 2015

Obama admits being in the White House increased his smoking habit but he quit when Malia frowned at him for it; the president is seen with his daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House in 2015

The fishbowl life in the White House also added tension to his marriage and he hints at frustrations felt by his wife. 

‘Despite Michelle’s success and popularity, I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine,’ Obama writes. 

‘It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.’

Obama adds that there were nights ‘lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.’

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