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GAG: CBS’s Pelley Butters Up Obama, Bemoans ‘Mistake’ Being Too Good to Trump

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CBS’s 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley gave Gayle King a run for her money in who might be probably the most obnoxious, sycophantic journalist interviewing Barack Obama for his new guide on Sunday. After Pelley prompted the previous president to check President Trump to a dictator who had weakened our nation earlier than our adversaries, he buttered up Obama as truly too good to Trump and claimed Individuals needed Obama to be nastier to the sitting president.

Pelley began off by repeatedly goading Obama to scold Trump for not conceding the election, due to this fact weakening our nation earlier than our adversaries. Not even a touch of embarrassment from the journalist for truly encouraging the president who got here up with the Iran Deal to lecture Trump on national security:

What in your estimation would our adversaries be considering proper now, Russia, China, about the truth that the transition is just not transferring ahead? 

(…)

You write within the guide, “Our democracy appears to be teetering getting ready to a disaster.” What do you imply? 

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What are these false claims of widespread election fraud doing to our nation proper now? 

It was after this final query that Obama in contrast Trump to a dictator with no criticism or observe up from Pelley:

OBAMA: I believe that there was this sense during the last a number of years that actually something goes and is justified with the intention to get energy. And that is not distinctive to the US. There are sturdy males and dictators all over the world who suppose that, “I can do something to remain in energy. I can kill folks. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.” However that is not who we’re imagined to be.

Maybe probably the most nauseating half nevertheless got here when Pelley boasted how Obama “adopted a standard commandment” of presidents earlier than him by not trashing his successor. He repeated Obama’s personal lie again to him that he hadn’t criticized Trump sufficient earlier than saying “Individuals” thought this was a “mistake:”

PELLEY: Mr. Obama is talking after 4 years of digital silence on Donald Trump. He adopted a standard commandment largely noticed since Adams succeeded Washington– thou shall not criticize your successor. In A Promised Land, he wonders if that was a mistake. In your guide, you ask, “Whether or not I used to be too tempered in talking the reality, too cautious in phrase or deed.” Many Individuals, Mr. President, imagine you have been too cautious, too tempered. 

OBAMA Yeah. And– and– and I believe that’ a respectable and comprehensible criticism. On the finish of the day, I constantly tried to deal with my political opposition within the methods I would need to be handled, to not overreact when, for instance anyone yells, “You lie,” in the midst of me giving a joint congressional tackle. [CBS plays clip] I perceive why there have been occasions the place my supporters needed me to be extra pugilistic, to, you know– pop people within the head and duke it out just a little bit extra. 

PELLEY: Was it a mistake that you simply did not? 

Oh, sure. Obama was so involved about following precedent that he waited a whole eleven days after Trump was sworn in to start out attacking him. Listed below are just some extra examples of when Obama supposedly kept away from criticizing Trump, in September 2018, October 2018 , July 2019, September 2019, May 2020 and clearly many occasions up to now month.

Like his colleague did earlier, Pelley additionally bemoaned that tens of millions extra Individuals voted for Trump:

[T]he 2020 vote wasn’t a repudiation of Donald Trump; it was extra like an affirmation. He acquired 71 million votes, eight million greater than he did in 2016. What does that inform you about our nation as we speak?” he complained.

Obama asserted that half the nation didn’t vote for Biden as a result of we don’t have an “knowledgeable citizenry” and sufficient [Republican] leaders who would stand as much as the president. With that partisan reply, Pelley continued groveling, begging the Democrat to inform us unite the nation: “How will we overcome the place we’re as we speak?” he requested.

Halfway by his response, Obama alarmingly pushed for the media and tech firms to “work with” Biden to type out “fact from fiction” and everyone knows what which means:

…I do suppose {that a} new president can set a brand new tone. That is not gonna clear up all of the gridlock in Washington. I believe we’re gonna need to work with the media and with the tech firms to search out methods to tell the general public higher in regards to the points and to bolster the requirements that guarantee we are able to separate fact from fiction… 

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Learn related transcript parts beneath:

CBS’S 60 Minutes

11/15/2020

SCOTT PELLEY: On election evening, 2016, then-President Barack Obama referred to as Donald Trump at about 3:00 within the morning to congratulate him, regardless that Mr. Trump had misplaced the favored vote and took the electoral school by lower than one p.c in three states. In the present day, president trump declines to just accept the decision of the voters regardless of dropping by larger margins to President-Elect Joe Biden. Mr. Obama hasn’t spoken of the election stand-off till as we speak. We spoke to the forty fourth president on the discharge of his new guide, “A promised land,” a memoir of his early years and first time period. What’s your recommendation on this second for President Trump? 

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PELLEY: In your view, it’s time for him to concede? 

(…)

PELLEY: Greater than the courtesy of a concession, the Trump White Home is declining to unlock the same old funds and services for the incoming administration. President-Elect Biden is just not receiving secret nationwide safety briefings as Mr. Trump did when he was President-Elect. What in your estimation would our adversaries be considering proper now, Russia, China, about the truth that the transition is just not transferring ahead? 

OBAMA: Nicely, I– look– I believe our adversaries have seen us weakened, not simply as a consequence of this election, however during the last a number of years. We now have these cleavages within the physique politic that they are satisfied they will exploit. There’s an outdated adage that partisan politics ought to cease on the water’s edge, proper? That with regards to our overseas coverage, that it’s the United States of America, not the divided states of America. 

PELLEY: We met the previous president at an emblem of America’s previous divisions. The Smithsonian’s Nationwide Portrait Gallery was a hospital within the Civil Conflict. Clara Barton and Walt Whitman cared for sufferers within the constructing the place the sixteenth president consoled his wounded. We joined Mr. Obama’s friends within the gallery of the presidents to speak about his guide. I am curious in regards to the title. I believe lots of people really feel that we’re farther from a promised land. 

(…)

PELLEY: You write within the guide, “Our democracy appears to be teetering getting ready to a disaster.” What do you imply? 

OBAMA: We now have gone by a presidency that disregarded a complete host of fundamental institutional norms-– expectations we had for a president that had been noticed by Republicans and Democrats beforehand. And perhaps most importantly– and most disconcertingly, what we have seen is what some folks name fact decay, one thing that is been accelerated by outgoing president Trump, this sense that not solely will we not have to inform the reality, however the fact does not even matter. 

PELLEY: What are these false claims of widespread election fraud doing to our nation proper now? 

OBAMA: The president does not prefer to lose and by no means admits loss. I am extra troubled by the truth that different Republican officers who clearly know higher are going together with this, are humoring him on this vogue. It’s another step in delegitimizing not simply the incoming Biden administration, however democracy typically. And that is a harmful path. We’d by no means settle for that out of our personal youngsters behaving that approach in the event that they misplaced, proper? I imply, if my daughters, in any sort of competitors, pouted after which accused the opposite facet of dishonest after they misplaced, when there was no proof of it, we might scold them. I believe that there was this sense during the last a number of years that actually something goes and is justified with the intention to get energy. And that is not distinctive to the US. There are sturdy males and dictators all over the world who suppose that, “I can do something to remain in energy. I can kill folks. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.” However that is not who we’re imagined to be. And one of many alerts I believe that Joe Biden must ship to the world is that, “No, these values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in, we nonetheless imagine. 

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PELLEY: President-Elect Biden received on this election extra votes than anybody in historical past. And but, the 2020 vote wasn’t a repudiation of Donald Trump; it was extra like an affirmation. He acquired 71 million votes, eight million greater than he did in 2016. What does that inform you about our nation as we speak? 

OBAMA: Nicely, A, it tells us that we’re very divided. And as I stated, it isn’t simply the politicians now. The voters are divided. It has now change into a contest the place points, information, insurance policies per se do not matter, as a lot as id and eager to beat the opposite man. , that is taken precedence. I do suppose the present media atmosphere provides to that enormously. This democracy does not work if we do not have an knowledgeable citizenry. This democracy does not work if we do not have accountable elected officers at different ranges who’re keen to name the president when he isn’t doing one thing proper, name him on it. 

PELLEY: It appears, although, Mr. President, that Individuals have gone from disagreeing with each other to hating each other, an issue that this man had. [points to Lincoln]

OBAMA: He is a great instance of anyone who I believe understood deeply the necessity to have the ability to see one other individual’s viewpoint. 

PELLEY: How will we overcome the place we’re as we speak? 

OBAMA: There is not any American determine that I love any greater than Abraham Lincoln. However he did find yourself with a civil conflict on his palms. I believe we might prefer to keep away from that. I do suppose {that a} new president can set a brand new tone. That is not gonna clear up all of the gridlock in Washington. I believe we’re gonna need to work with the media and with the tech firms to search out methods to tell the general public higher in regards to the points and to bolster the requirements that guarantee we are able to separate fact from fiction. I believe that we have now to work at an area degree. If you begin attending to the native degree, mayors, county commissioners, et cetera, they’ve truly received to make actual choices. It isn’t abstractions. It is like, “We have to repair this street. We have to get this snow plowed. We’d like to verify our youngsters have a protected playground to play in.” And at that degree, I do not suppose folks have that sort of visceral hatred. And that is the place we have now to start out by way of rebuilding the social belief we want for democracy to work. 

PELLEY: Mr. Obama is talking after 4 years of digital silence on Donald Trump. He adopted a standard commandment largely noticed since Adams succeeded Washington– thou shall not criticize your successor. In “A promised land,” he wonders if that was a mistake. In your guide, you ask, “Whether or not I used to be too tempered in talking the reality, too cautious in phrase or deed.” Many Individuals, Mr. President, imagine you have been too cautious, too tempered. 

OBAMA: Yeah. And– and– and I believe that’ a respectable and comprehensible criticism. On the finish of the day, I constantly tried to deal with my political opposition within the methods I would need to be handled, to not overreact when, for instance anyone yells, “You lie,” in the midst of me giving a joint congressional tackle.  I perceive why there have been occasions the place my supporters needed me to be extra pugilistic, to, you know– pop people within the head and duke it out just a little bit extra. 

PELLEY: Was it a mistake that you simply did not? 

OBAMA: Each president brings a sure temperament to workplace. I believe a part of the explanation I received elected was as a result of I despatched a message that basically I imagine the American individuals are good and respectable, and that– politics does not need to be– some cage match in– in which– everyone is– goes at one another’s throats– and that we are able to agree with out being unpleasant. 

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