POTUS Makes Victory Lap Stop on ‘The Daily Show’
President Obama’s days in the White House will soon come to a close. Within the next month, we won’t have a cool Black guy getting off of Air Force One wearing sunglasses.
But he does get to do a victory lap and it includes an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” The POTUS spoke with Noah in an interview that aired Monday, touching on a series of topics concerning the recent election, including possible Russian influence on the outcome, what will happen to the Affordable Care Act and life after the presidency.
In the 25 minute interview, the typically satirical, but this time serious Noah dove right in as he asked Obama about Russia’s influence in the recent election. “None of this should be a big surprise,” Obama explained. “This was reported on before the election.” Obama further pointed out that during some of his campaign events, President-elect Trump mentioned wanting Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The two later discussed other pressing topics. President Obama touched on the Affordable Care Act, urging citizens to sign up as soon as possible. While Noah voiced his concerns with the new administration potentially dissembling Obamacare, the president shed light on the issue.
“If you sign up now, You’ll have insurance for a year,” Obama explained. “It’s better than not having insurance for a year.” He also went on to mention that there are qualities in Obamacare that are included in health care plans that citizens have through their jobs. “They would miss it if they didn’t have it,” Obama said.
As for life after Presidency, Obama plans to make a smooth transition into society. “I think it’s important for me to recharge. It’s important for me to reflect. To get back in my wife’s good graces,” he said with laughter. “Take a decent vacation and spend some time with her. I’ll do some writing and speaking.
“I don’t anticipate that I suddenly just vanish but, I think it’s important to give the upcoming administration the space and to give the public clarity about what it is they are trying to do.”
An earlier version of this story appeared on EBONY.com