Most voters and certainly most mainstream reporters were caught off guard by President-elect Donald Trump’s victory on Nov. 8, but President Barack Obama was not horribly surprised, saying in a recently published interview that the billionaire businessman’s success is “not a miracle.”
Obama made the comments during an sit-down with Rolling Stone the day after Election Day, when many in his own White House staff, who listened to the commander in chief’s post-election statement in the Rose Garden, were very distraught.
“I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent,” the outgoing president told magazine publisher Jann Wenner. “That [doesn’t] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It’s not a miracle.”
Obama compared Trump’s electoral upset against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to his own success against Arizona Sen. John McCain, then the Republican presidential nominee, in 2008….