Obama: Presidency Is Too Serious for Trump

Trump says he would have made Obama a one-term prez
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2016 1:59 AM CST
Obama: Presidency Is Too Serious for Trump
President Obama answers questions after the summit in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

He's said it before and he'll say it again: President Obama doesn't think voters are going to choose Donald Trump to succeed him. "I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be president," Obama told reporters on Tuesday at the ASEAN economic summit in California, per the BBC. "I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job," he said. "It's not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It's not promotion. It's not marketing. It's hard. It's not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day."

Trump fired back after being asked about the remarks during a campaign event in South Carolina Tuesday night, reports the Washington Post. He said it was "actually a great compliment" to hear such comments from someone who has "set us back so far" and "done such a lousy job as president." Trump—who told Larry King in 2009 that Obama was doing a "really good job" after the "total disaster" of the Bush administration—said Obama is lucky that he didn't seek the nomination instead of Mitt Romney in 2012, "because you would have been a one-term president." (Obama also told reporters that he is going to nominate an "indisputably" qualified candidate to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.)

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