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Obama: Americans know that Trump's temperament is unsuited for the White House

 (Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images)
(Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images)

Donald Trump is a “phenomenon of an expression of certain fears” that is common through American history, President Obama said in a new interview.

“There are always going to be figures who become symbols and expressions of those fears and resentments. So he’s not unique in that sense,” Obama said in a conversation with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for Vanity Fair.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise for me to say that I don’t think his temperament is suited for this office. But it’s not something that I have to emphasize because I think the majority of the American people have figured that out,” he added.

Obama also said having Hillary Clinton succeed him as president is critical in part because of how much more work needs to be done for the country. “You don’t do anything significant by yourself,” he said, granting Picasso or Mozart as exceptions.

“I think about this being a relay race in that way. I welcome the next president saying, ‘This is a good start. Here are some additional things we shouldn’t or should be doing. Here are the things that we’ve learned from the first phases of this that could stand improvement,’” he said.

“That’s a good thing. To me, that’s not a failure on my part. That’s not a criticism of me. That’s the nature of how social change comes about.”

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