It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days, Barack Obama will no longer be president. After his farewell address last week, he sat down for one final interview with 60 Minutes this past Sunday with Steve Kroft. In the interview, Obama reflected on the last eight years, the incoming president, and what he plans to do next (he’s very enthusiastic about not setting his alarm). But it wasn’t all fun and games — Obama had some advice for the next president and maybe (maybe not) threw a little shade towards the president-elect. When asked about some of the key elements in succeeding as president, one important word popped up. “Stamina.There is a greater physical element to this job than you would think, just being able to grind it out. And I think your ability to — not just mentally and emotionally but physically be able to say,‘We got this. We’re going to be okay,’”
He also added that a “thick skin helps,” because lets face it, the job and the person performing the job are going to be subject to some pretty harsh criticism. But Obama is confident that he is still the same person at heart that he was when he took office.
When asked about his successor, he admits that the transition process has been “unusual” and called his campaign style “improvisational.” When asked if that same style would work in the White House, he was honest: “I don’t think so.” He is clear that people shouldn’t “underestimate the guy, because he’s going to be 45th president of the United States.”
In the end, he had this to share. “The one thing I’ve said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that, as we go forward certain norms, certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.”
Thank you, Mr. President.