PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYS THE TEST NOW FOR DONALD TRUMP, AFTER AN "IMPROVISATIONAL" CAMPAIGN, IS EXECUTING HIS VISION, SUNDAY ON CBS
President Obama Makes His Last Network TV Appearance in a Presidential Interview Sunday on "60 MINUTES PRESENTS Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House"
President Barack Obama says the presidential campaign of Donald Trump was "improvisational," but he doesn't think the president-elect can be improvisational in office. Instead, Trump is now facing the real test of whether he and the people he brings into his administration can execute his vision, Obama tells Steve Kroft in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on CBS.
The interview with Kroft, Obama's last appearance on network television in a presidential interview, will be part of 60 MINUTES PRESENTS BARACK OBAMA: EIGHT YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. The hour-long program will also follow the 44th president's journey through his own words in the 60 MINUTES interviews he has done with Kroft, beginning when Obama declared his candidacy in 2007, through the elections and the milestones of his eight years in the White House. 60 MINUTES PRESENTS BARACK OBAMA: EIGHT YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 15 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
An excerpt of the interview was broadcast on CBS THIS MORNING, and a transcript is below.
STEVE KROFT: You have to admit that this is one of the strangest transitions (LAUGH) in history.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It's unusual. I'll agree with that...and I suspect - I suspect the president-elect would agree with that. Look, he was an unconventional candidate.
STEVE KROFT: Right.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don't think there's anybody who's run a campaign like his successfully in modern history, not that I can think of. And as a consequence, because he didn't have the support of many of the establishment in his own party, because - you know, he ran sort of an improvisational campaign -
STEVE KROFT: Can you run an improvisational presidency?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don't think so. And so now he's in the process of building up an organization. And we'll have to see how that works. And it'll be a test, I think, for him and the people that he's designated to be able to execute on his vision.
STEVE KROFT: And I don't want people to think that we're condemning Donald Trump. But I think, as you said earlier, it's unusual. He seems to have spent a good deal of this time sending out tweets that - you know, that - that the United States must strengthen and expand its nuclear ability. That Meryl Streep is an overrated Hillary flunkie. You're watching this like everybody else. I mean, what's going on?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know, you're going to have to talk to him. (LAUGH) But here's what I think. First of all, I think everybody has to acknowledge - don't underestimate the guy, because he's going to be the 45th president of the United States in about two weeks.
The one thing I've said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don't get eroded. Because there's a reason they're in place.
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