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Barack Obama wasn’t surprised that US voters elected a populist to the presidency, but told Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg that he would have expected it to be someone more manly than Donald Trump.
“He’s a symptom as much as an accelerant. But if we were going to have a right-wing populist in this country, I would have expected somebody a little more appealing,” Obama told the Atlantic in a longform interview published Monday.
Obama told Goldberg that when he thinks about the traditional “male hero” in American culture, it conjures up characters like John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Clint Eastwood. Masculinity in a classic sense means, to Obama, being true to your word, taking responsibility and being someone who defends the vulnerable from bullies.
“And so even if you are someone who is annoyed by wokeness and political correctness and wants men to be men again and is tired about everyone complaining about the patriarchy, I thought that the model wouldn’t be Richie Rich—the complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,” Obama said.
“The point I’ve always made to Ta-Nehisi, the point I sometimes make to Michelle, the point I sometimes make to my own kids—the question is, for me, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics