Former U.S. president Barack Obama says the biggest challenge for president-elect Joe Biden will be to bridge the vast political divide that exists in the country and find areas of potential compromise with those who continue to support Donald Trump, without whom he can’t govern. Watch excerpts from his full interview with The Current.
Former U.S. president Barack Obama says the biggest challenge for president-elect Joe Biden will be to bridge the gulf that exists in the country and bring together a vastly polarized populace.
“You’ve seen growing divisions, some of which are deeply rooted in questions of race and gender and date back to the founding of this country, some of which are a result of a changing economy,” Obama told CBC Radio’s The Current in a Canadian exclusive interview that will air on CBC Radio Monday morning.
Obama said Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris would “set a different tone” from that of the Trump administration but will face a divided country, one where more than 73 million people voted for Trump and some still support the current president’s refusal to concede.
Obama served as the 44th president of the United States from 2008 until Trump’s upset victory in 2016. His new book, A Promised Land, published last Wednesday, charts his rise in politics up to the first two and a half years of his two-term presidency.
The book, the first of a two-volume memoir of his presidency, broke records, selling nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours.
- Listen to the full interview on The Current on CBC Radio One, Monday at 8: 37 a.m., online or on the CBC Listen app.
Obama told The Current‘s host, Matt Galloway, that healing divisions will be especially challenging for a Democratic president