President Donald Trump made some unusual assertions and confusing comments during a sit-down interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly just before the Super Bowl. One of the biggest head scratchers, of course (aside from basically every other point he made), which aired later on Monday, was when Trump said he knows President Obama likes him because — and this is a direct quote — he can "feel it." Really, he’s not exactly convincing anyone.
It’s no secret that the president has a remarkably yuge ego and he certainly doesn't lack any self-confidence, but this latest remark, made offhand during the latest portion of the interview that aired Monday night, is making everyone want to call him on his bluff.
O'Reilly asked the president whether he and Obama were cordial with each other because they had seemed friendly at his inauguration. “It’s a very strange phenomenon," Trump told O’Reilly. "We get along, I don’t know if he’ll admit this, but he likes me. I like him…."
“How do you know he does?” O’Reilly asked Trump.
“Because I can feel it. That’s what I do in life, it’s called…. like, I understand,” Trump replied.
That’s right, he knows because he can “feel it.” Probably in his soul, or something. But, that's not the strangest phenomenon. The real phenomenon is that is seems that Trump has forgotten that his relationship with Obama, at least publicly, has always been rather vicious, and that the niceties only seem to crop up when decorum calls for it.
Sure, politics is cutthroat and can make people say horrible things to get ahead, especially when they want that other person’s job. But years before the presidential election was underway, Trump was already constantly questioning Obama's credentials.
Remember the "birther movement?" The conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the United States, but in Kenya, and therefore had no legitimate claim to the presidency? Trump had a leading role in the birther movement, although he ultimately relented and publicly acknowledged that Obama was a natural-born citizen more recently. (Of note: He never apologized.) But it doesn't change (or erase) the fact that he relationship with Obama has been strained, to say the least.
And lest you've forgotten, here are a few tweets that now-President Trump wrote, dating back to 2011, which prove just how much Trump "liked" Obama:
Even more reason to think Obama may not want to be Trump's bestie: Trump claimed in August 2016 that Obama was the "founder of ISIS," according to The New York Times. And he also said that Obama "will go down as one of the worst presidents in the history of our country," according to Politico.
Obama hasn't necessarily been quiet about his thoughts on Trump either. Obama said back in October 2016 that Trump was "insecure" after the release of the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump can be overheard bragging about allegedly having affairs with married women and joking about sexual assault, according to CBS News. Obama also didn't think that Trump was qualified to be president and said he believed he wouldn't win the election.
"I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president, and the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job," Obama said in February last year, according to The Hill.
Who knows, maybe the two have put the past behind them for the good of the American people and do, in fact, get along now. The mantle of the presidency has a strange way of creating brotherhood (and, of course, sisterhood, if we ever get to that point) among those given the opportunity to serve the American people in such a capacity. Whatever the case, let's just hope for the sake of humanity that Trump's feelings and intuition are true because it would sure make this transition much easier than it's proven to be so far.