01.12.2018

Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior

Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo

Barack Obama’s advice on the presidency: Watch your behavior — because everyone else is watching it, and taking cues from it.

“One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did — was part of your ability to lead the country doesn’t have to do with legislation, doesn’t have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness,” Obama said in a conversation recorded last fall but released on Friday as the first episode of David Letterman’s new Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

As he’s done since the end of the 2016 election, Obama ducked any direct comment on Trump, even when prompted by Letterman directly in the hour-long friendly interview.

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