Obama Saw Trump Win as 'Personal Insult' - Blamed Hillary's 'Soulless Campaign'
Former president's fury over 2016 election revealed in new book
Former President Barack Obama's fury over Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election victory has been revealed in a new book release, in which the ex-POTUS says he saw the win as a "personal insult."
Obama also cast blame on Trump's rival and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who he said ran a "scripted, soulless campaign."
The 44th president of the United States was initially confident that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump but saw it as a "personal insult" when she lost.
Obama was reportedly shocked that the American people had "turned on him" and instead chose a man he had written off as a "cartoon."
Obama later told his family that "this hurts" and blamed Hillary for the loss, saying she "brought many of her troubles on herself" and ran a "scripted, soulless campaign."
The insights are revealed by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker in the new edition of "Obama: The Call Of History."
According to the Daily Mail, the book was originally released in July 2017 but has been updated with extensive new reporting throughout Obama's time in office - and the run through of election day is electrifying.
Obama was cordial to the president-elect in their face-to-face meeting in the Oval Office, but in private Obama called Trump a conman straight out of Huckleberry Finn.
Obama even likened himself to Michael Corleone in the Godfather movies and said he was handing power over to somebody who would destroy his legacy.
As Obama saw it, he "almost got out" of the White House unscathed just like the mob boss nearly survived without being whacked.
Baker writes that Obama woke up on the morning of November 8, 2016, convinced he would "not be handing the nuclear football over to Donald Trump - the reality television star, he thought, was a joke."
Obama arrogantly thought there was "no way Americans would turn on him" even though Clinton was far from perfect.
Baker writes: "She was a serious and seasoned professional who had served at the highest levels of government and provided mature leadership.
"Just as important, she would continue his policies and cement his biggest achievements.
"His legacy, he felt, was in safe hands."
Obama struggled with what the American people had done and thought to himself that they "simply could not have decided to replace him with a buffoonish showman whose calling cards had been repeated bankruptcies, serial marriages, and racist dog whistles."
At 1 am Obama sent a message to Clinton saying she should concede quickly which she did.
In a phone call to Obama, Clinton said: "I'm sorry for letting you down."
Obama was unable to contain his rage which escalated after he met Trump in the Oval Office.
Baker writes that despite being cordial in public he afterward summoned his speechwriter Ben Rhodes and told him that Trump "peddles in b*******."
As the weeks went by Obama went through "multiple emotional stages," at times being philosophical and other times he "flashed anger."
Obama told one aide: "I've got the economy set up well for him.
"No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon."
In a stinging passage Baker writes: "To Obama and his team, however, the real blame lay squarely with Clinton.
"She was the one who could not translate his strong record and healthy economy into a winning message.
"Never mind that Trump essentially ran the same playbook against Clinton that Obama did eight years earlier, portraying her as a corrupt exemplar of the status quo.
"She brought many of her troubles on herself. No one forced her to underestimate the danger in the Midwest states of Wisconsin and Michigan.
"No one forced her to set up a private email server that would come back to haunt her.
"No one forced her to take hundreds of thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs and other pillars of Wall Street for speeches.
"No one forced her to run a scripted, soulless campaign that tested eighty-five slogans before coming up with 'Stronger Together'."
Baker's book also gives new insight into why Obama was so hesitant about criticizing Russia for meddling in the 2016 election before the vote took place.
Obama was led by his "cautious don't-do-stupid-s**t instincts" and feared that a forceful response would make Russia "escalate" its operation.
Then there was the question of how Trump would react and Obama admitted that "if I speak out more, he'll just say it's rigged."
Obama wrongly assumed that Clinton would win the election and Obama said in one meeting that Russian President Vladimir Putin "backed the wrong horse."
In the end, Obama would wait until after the election result before expelling Russian diplomats and it was only weeks before he left office that he released the intelligence assessment claiming that the hacking was done by the Kremlin.
Trump has recently blamed Obama for the Russian hacking and he tweeted last week:
"Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President."
Trump added: "He was told about it and did nothing!
"Most importantly, the vote was not affected."