President Barack Obama has weighed in on the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. His verdict: Clinton won while Trump made the case that he is not qualified to be president.
The White House had signaled that Obama had placed high expectations on Clinton to deliver during her first debate against Trump after he had sparred with her during the 2008 Democratic primary, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“The president has got some experience of going head to head with Secretary Clinton in the context of a debate, and she performed quite well in those settings,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “And I think the president expects her to do the same tonight.”
On Sept. 27, Obama revealed his impressions from the debate during a phone interview with syndicated radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”
“Anybody who was watching the debate I think got a sense that you’ve got really sharply contrasting visions about where we should take the country,” Obama said, reports CNN.
The commander-in-chief added that he was obviously biased in Clinton’s favor, but was still impressed by her performance.
“I’ve worked with Hillary, I know her,” Obama continued. “She is well prepared, she’s got the right temperament for the job, she’s well-respected around the world. She does her homework, and she’s got a vision to put people back to work and make sure that the economy’s working for everybody.”
Obama proceeded to dismiss Trump’s capability of succeeding him.
“I would say that the other guy doesn’t have the preparation, the temperament or the core values of inclusion to make everybody have opportunity.”
During the debate, Trump drew some ire on social media after he described Obama as Clinton’s president and not his.
“The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons -- not global warming like you think and your president thinks,” Trump told Clinton, according to The Huffington Post.
Following up in the spin room with reporters after the debate, Trump clarified that Obama was “everybody’s president.”
During his radio interview, Obama voiced concern about Trump’s previous comments about climate change.
In November 2014, Trump had asserted on Twitter that global warming “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
“When you hear somebody like Trump say he thinks this is a plot by the Chinese, that this is a fraud and hoax, when 99 percent of scientists are saying you’ve got to do something about it, that worries me,” Obama concluded.