Obama p***ed off at Trump for calling COVID-19 'Kung Flu', tells donors memoir will be out only after 2020
“I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny," the former president told told donors at a Zoom fundraiser
Although Barack Obama's memoir is highly anticipated among followers of the former president, it was recently reported that it will be published only after the election is over as he continues to champion former vice president Joe Biden's chances of winning without overwhelming his campaign with his personal opinions.
The move to postpone the publication of his memoir is Obama's crucial step into preserving his own legacy while looking to boost the chances of Democrats in November. His book is meant to be a detailed chronicle of his presidency as well as a serious literary follow-up to his widely praised 1995 memoir, 'Dreams From My Father.'
The decision to delay the publication of the book came after Obama participated in an invitation-only Zoom fund-raiser call, which was meant to help Biden haul in campaign cash. During the call, Obama who is normally known to maintain his composure and not attack the sitting president, expressed outrage at Trump’s use of terms like “kung flu” and “China virus” to describe the coronavirus. “I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny. I don’t want that. That still shocks and pisses me off,” Obama said, according to transcripts of the call provided by someone who participated in it, obtained by the New York Times.
Both Barack and Michelle began negotiating a package deal for their respective autobiographies. Random House eventually won the bidding war with an overwhelming $65 million offer. Although no deadline was set for the release of the book, one of his closest advisers had earlier predicted that the book would be out in mid-2019, before the primary season began.
But Barack, a writer prone to procrastination, did not finish and circulate a draft of between 600 and 800 pages until around New Year’s, which meant that it was too late to publish before the election. At the moment, he is considering, splitting the memoir into two volumes with the goal of getting the first one into print as quickly as the election concludes, around Christmas time.
The former POTUS is also not as fast a writer as his wife, and he has often confessed that it was not his favorite thing to do. An associate says Obama told them: "Let's just say my golf game is going a lot better than my book." He has also hilarious explained why it was taking him so long to write his book when his wife has already released hers in 2018, called 'Becoming' which quickly became a bestseller. "She had a ghostwriter," Obama reportedly told a friend. "I am writing every word myself, and that's why it's taking longer."
Barack is also involved in another big creative enterprise, which is a multimillion-dollar 2018 contract with Netflix to produce documentaries and scripted features. It is a joint endeavor with Michelle, which might be a reason why it has been a quick work by comparison.
In addition to helping Biden haul in campaign cash, Obama has counseled the former senator to trim his speeches and tweets. Biden has been carrying out a strategy that leaves much of the spotlight on Trump and is helping him soar in the polls.