With a little more than a year left in his presidency, Barack Obama is reflecting on his time in office while candidates from both sides of the isle try their best to woo voters to the polls.
During a brief sit-down with NPR, Obama was asked what advice would he give to anyone who wants to become president, and before speaking about the difficulty of being the leader of the free world, Obama gave insight into what he does to prepare himself for the day ahead.
“I ask myself every single day: How can I be useful in creating an America that is more tolerant, more prosperous, provides greater opportunity and is safer.”
Obama then went into greater detail about the job and said if anyone is in it for the perks, those fade pretty quickly as well.
“Why do you want to do this?” Obama asked. “I’d suppose they’d give a cliche answer because that’s what candidate do, but I will tell you as president, if you’re interested just because you like the title, or you like the trappings, or you like the power or the fame or the celebrity, that side of it wears off pretty quick, at least it has for me,” Obama said. “What sustains me, what lasts, what makes me happy, proud, frustrated sometimes is the recognition that if you want this job then you really need to love this country and have a very clear vision and idea of what it is that you want to do to help make this country work even better.”
Obama, who has also been consistent in taking aim at the GOP field for their fear mongering tactics, also reiterated that isn’t how America succeeds.
“I don’t think the country works best on fear. I don’t think this country works best on hate. I don’t think this country works best on cynicism. I think this country works best on community, and hope and optimism and dynamism and change,” Obama said. “And if you’re aspiring to this job then you need to ask yourself some very serious questions about why you’re doing it.”