Obama on Trump: 'Complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure'

Obama on Trump: 'Complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure'
Two days after the election on November 10th 2016, President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

One thing I'll never understand until the day I die is how so many people ascribe "toughness" and "manliness" to Donald Trump. (I'll also never quite get how someone who clearly looks more like an adobe hut than a human being could garner so much support, but hey, one thing at a time.)

Trump is the whiniest, tiniest chirping baby bird who's ever held public office — on any level. And yet people seem to think he's a tough guy. And while I'd prefer we dispense entirely with stereotypes about how men and women "should" behave (I never quite fit in with preconceived notions about masculinity, as I'm just as likely to watch Glee as I am a Green Bay Packers game), even by conventional and outdated notions of manly behavior, Trump doesn't come close to fitting the bill.

Well, I'm not the only one who's noticed. Our 44th president is hardly impressed with his successor on this score.

In a new interview with The Atlantic, President Barack Obama assesses Trump's appeal among men, and he appears to be just as perplexed as I am:

Trump, Obama noted, is not exactly an exemplar of traditional American manhood. "I think about the classic male hero in American culture when you and I were growing up: the John Waynes, the Gary Coopers, the Jimmy Stewarts, the Clint Eastwoods, for that matter. There was a code … the code of masculinity that I grew up with that harkens back to the '30s and '40s and before that. There's a notion that a man is true to his word, that he takes responsibility, that he doesn't complain, that he isn't a bully—in fact he defends the vulnerable against bullies. And so even if you are someone who is annoyed by wokeness and political correctness and wants men to be men again and is tired about everyone complaining about the patriarchy, I thought that the model wouldn't be Richie Rich—the complaining, lying, doesn't-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure."


I can only assume Obama is trying to get Trump to burst a blood vessel in his neck so he stops tweeting nonsense and gets the fuck out of Joe Biden's chair.

And while Obama didn't mention Trump specifically here — well, it's pretty obvious who he's talking about.

And, hey, I sure wouldn't mind if he keeps it up.

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