In the days following Donald Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election, President Barack Obama questioned his own legacy, wondering if he and his team had overestimated the strength of their electoral coalition.
These confessions were sketched in the upcoming memoir, "The World As It Is," by Ben Rhodes, Obama's longtime advisor.
The memoirs show that Obama was not immune to the collective shock that followed Trump's election. Obama wondered if he had offset the subliminal political fears in Central America that had promoted Trump's electoral victory.
And as the first African-American president to have won two terms – and both sealed with overwhelming majority of electoral votes – he also wondered if his own presidency had come "10 or 20 years too early."
In 2016, Trump championed a nationalist agenda and frequently criticized globalist politics, which he saw as damaging to the US. The Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran deal were some of Trump's goals, as was the policy that promoted immigration and welcomed refugees.
The tone of Trump's election campaign earned him both Republicans and Democrats cursing words that criticized his inclination to use racist animus to strengthen his base. According to Rhodes memoirs, Obama recalls those moments after the election and asks, "Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe."
Nearly two years after Trump's first term, Obama was very calm to the 45th President despite frequent criticisms from Trump and members of his government.
Barack and Michelle Obama made headlines in May after pledging to produce shows and films for Netflix. They each have their own memoirs in the works.