Trump's Sad Reply To Whether Obama Likes Him Proves He Just Wants To Be Loved

by John Haltiwanger

President Donald Trump is convinced former President Barack Obama, a man he spent years perpetuating a racist conspiracy theory about, likes him.

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump was asked,

You know what was fascinating? To watch you at the inauguration with Barack Obama. You guys seemed to get along, all right. Would that be accurate?

Trump replied,

It's a very strange phenomenon. We get along, I don't know if he'll admit this, but he likes me. I like him.

O'Reilly pressed him further,

How do you know he does?

To which Trump replied,

Because I can feel it. That's what I do in life, it's called -- like, I understand.

Trump can just "feel it," because, like, he understands.

So, in spite of the fact that Trump questioned Obama's place of birth (he was born in Hawaii, just to be clear), said he would go down as "the worst president in history," referred to him as the "founder of ISIS" and generally accused him of being unpatriotic over and over, America's new president believes his predecessor is genuinely fond of him.

Trump says he likes Obama, but that clearly wasn't always the case.



Perhaps the president is right. Maybe Obama has forgiven these past insults, and made amends with the Donald.

Or, perhaps President Obama has simply behaved in a friendly fashion for the sake of the country and the tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

The two did seem to get along fairly well at Trump's inauguration.


But, a lot of people aren't convinced.


Donald Trump is definitely concerned with what people think about him.

From his obsession over how large the crowd was at his inauguration to his Twitter tantrums over protests, articles that are critical of him or SNL skits that mock him, it's clear Trump really wants to be liked.


But his somewhat sad desire for validation is no excuse for his often unpresidential behavior, which has already threatened America's relationships with its neighbors and other close allies.

Trump might be the most narcissistic, attention-seeking president in modern US history.

His belief that Obama likes him, in spite of their rocky relationship in the past, could very well be true.

But, it could also be a product of his incessant desire to believe everyone likes him, and his inability to accept it when people don't.

Citations: President Trump is pretty sure that Barack Obama likes him (Washington Post)