President Barack Obama shared in an interview Tuesday the only emotion he felt on election night when he realized Donald Trump was going to win — surprise.
“Tell me what happened that night, watching those results when you realized that Donald Trump was going to win,” NBC’s Lester Holt said to Obama on his way to Chicago for his farewell address. “Was there an unvarnished Barack Obama at that moment?”
“There was just surprise,” Obama replied. “Generally speaking, not just me but my team have been pretty good at seeing something coming and partly just because the polling was so off, the data was off, there was a surprise. You know, I think the president elect would be the first to acknowledge that he didn’t run a conventional campaign. And it’s not clear that he or his team thought they were going to win. So, I think more than anything it was just surprise.”
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