The 44th President of the United States Barack Obama during a recent interview with Gayle King stated he has no plans to take a position in Joe Biden’s cabinet, saying if he did his wife would probably leave him.
In an interview to promote his highly anticipated new memoir – A Promised Land, released earlier this week and expected to be an international bestseller, the former president was asked what advice he might have for his one-time vice president, president-elect Joe Biden.
“He doesn’t need my advice. I will help him in any way that I can now,” he said, speaking on CBS’s Sunday Morning.
“But I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something.”
When King, jokingly pressed on – no cabinet position for you, Mr President? – his stated categorically:
“There are probably some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me. She’d be like: ‘What? You’re doing what?’”
Meanwhile Barack Obama has called on Donald Trump to concede the US election, urging him to put the United States above his own ego and self-interest.
Following Trump’s tweet from the White House that he had no plans of conceding, offering claims that the vote was “rigged”, Obama in response said this attitude was damaging to the country:
“A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design. And when your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments,” he said, speaking on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
“My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing.”
Asked by interviewer Scott Pelley if he believed the president needed to concede, he said: “Absolutely. Well, I mean, I think it was time for him to concede probably – the day after the election – or at the latest, two days after the election.
“When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily. There is no scenario in which any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse the outcome of the election.”