With just a few days left in office, Barack Obama is sharing the wisdom he's gained during his time as President of the United States. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Obama talked about everything from how the office has changed him to what it actually takes to run the country (so, you know, take notes, Donald Trump).
When asked what skills are necessary to serve as POTUS, Obama replied simply, "Thick skin helps." Like the thick skin needed to, say, watch a parody of oneself on Saturday Night Live without rage tweeting, perhaps?
But a thick skin isn't all it takes. "Stamina," he added, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "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 OK.'"
Obama also addressed how being President as changed him—and he's happy to say it hasn't really.
"One of the things I'm proud about is that I think my basic character and outlook actually have not changed much," he said. "And people who are closest to me will tell you that the guy who came here is the same guy who's leaving."
Finally, Obama spoke to Trump's victory, calling the President-elect an "unconventional candidate" who "overrode some of the traditional benchmarks of how you'd run a campaign or conduct yourself as a presidential candidate." And, like the rest of Americans, Obama is curious to see how Trump's conduct will change (or not change) once he's in office.
"What will be interesting to see is how that plays out during the course of his presidency," Obama said. "We are moving into an era where a lot of people get their information through tweets and sound bites and some headline that comes over their phone. And I think that there's a power in that. There's also a danger, what generates a headline or stirs up a controversy and gets attention isn't the same as the process required to actually solve the problem."
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