Trump says he 'likes' Obama, calls him 'smart and sharp' on History Tour, fans confused

Speaking at the 'History Tour' with Bill O’Reilly at an arena in Sunrise, Florida, the businessman-turned-politician said of Obama, “I liked him,” while also calling him 'smart and sharp.'


                            Trump says he 'likes' Obama, calls him 'smart and sharp' on History Tour, fans confused
Barak Obama (R) and Donald Trump smile at the White House before the inauguration on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump surprised his fans when he praised his predecessor Barack Obama at a Florida event Saturday, December 11, after spending years slamming him. Speaking at the 'History Tour' with Bill O’Reilly at an arena in Sunrise, Florida, the businessman-turned-politician said of Obama, “I liked him,” while also calling him “smart and sharp,” according to press reports.

He had admiring words for the 44th POTUS even though the crowd started to boo and jeer when he took his name. However, Trump also added that Obama’s methods caused “tremendous division” and hatred in the country, the newspaper reported.

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Trump's compliments were very unexpected because for years he falsely claimed that Obama wasn’t born in the US. He also labeled the former president “the most ignorant president in our history,” “a disaster” and the “founder of ISIS.” However, he did praise Obama back in 2009 when in an interview with CNN, he mentioned, “I think he’s doing a great job.” Despite a controversial 2016 election, Obama wrote Trump an Inauguration Day letter and left it in a drawer in the Oval Office. At the time, Trump said it was "beautiful."

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President-elect Donald Trump (L) talks after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"What dimension of chess is this? I'm losing track," one social media user said confused by the unexpected words of praise, while another commented, "Yes. Uh...I also think that Obama was awesome. Yeah...wink wink, nudge nudge." A third noted, "Wouldn’t have guess that after Trump’s 1,000yd stare as Obama clowned him at the WH Correspondent’s Dinner." One more commented, "He's been doing a good job of losing his support." The next remarked, "He said the same thing about Kim jong-un."

Another wrote, "I believe President Trump said that because he knew the lightweight little man was about to become an even more little man." One more quipped, "It's almost as if he completely fooled his base." A commenter tweeted, "Why is it so hard for ppl to remember trump was a democrat." Another added, "Well, you can be rest assured, he don’t like you." A person reacted with, "Wow, he’s got a twisted way of showing he likes someone."



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

 

Trump's declining popularity

Despite talks of Trump running for president again in 2024, the former POTUS is losing the kind of popularity he once enjoyed. According to the Sentinel, the event location at FLA Live Arena had so many empty seats that the top level of the venue was closed and ticket buyers were 'upgraded' to the lower levels.

There are still available tickets for the remaining three days of the tour in Orlando, Florida on Sunday; Houston, Texas next Saturday; and Dallas, Texas next Sunday. The unsold tickets for the event on Sunday at the Amway Center are going from between $36-$252. Houston tickets are starting at $59 in the Toyota Center. The best seats are going for $1887 each. In Dallas's American Airlines Center, Trump supporters can buy their tickets between $50-$4687.