Barack Obama Has Been Unexpectedly and Refreshingly Presidential to Donald Trump

Prior to departing on his final foreign trip, President Barack Obama struck a conciliatory tone in a press conference, acknowledging the mood of the country which brought us President-elect Donald Trump.

In this situation, we're turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people out there are who are feeling disaffected, otherwise we wouldn't have had the results that we had in the election.

So far, President Obama has welcomed President-elect Trump with unexpected and refreshing civility.

"He has even said he appreciated that George Bush gave him breathing room. Let's see if he does the same," Glenn said.

Read below or watch the clip for answers to these questions:

• Will Pat ever stop being snarky?

• Was Obama's statement an admission that he hasn't done that well?

• Will Obama's civility last?

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

GLENN: Let's -- let's go to what Barack Obama said yesterday about Donald Trump, because it was -- it was fascinating and very presidential.

OBAMA: In this situation, we're turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people out there are who are feeling disaffected, otherwise we wouldn't have had the results that we had in the election.

PAT: What? Holy cow. Which you will chuckle?

PAT: Now, why would they be disaffected when they've had eight years of you?

GLENN: Now, you have to take --

PAT: Huh.

GLENN: You have to take him -- him coming and saying something very nice and go right at him.

PAT: Yeah.

(laughter)

JEFFY: Well, come on.

PAT: I'm just curious. Is that an admission that he hasn't done that well?

GLENN: Yes, it is. It is.

STU: If you listen to the whole press conference, though, he spent a lot of time saying how it was different and we weren't in these tragic circumstances that he took over in. And things are better.

PAT: Yeah. It's still Bush's fault.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Yeah, that's true. He spent a lot of time saying, you know, things were good. But that was his like, but obviously people -- some people do feel disaffected, or we wouldn't have seen the results. So he -- this was sort of his -- it was the second part of that, you know, sentence.

PAT: I will say though, that is as conciliatory as I've ever heard him. Pretty amazing.

GLENN: He is now building his legacy.

JEFFY: Well, he's getting ready to go on his -- his administration's final farewell tour to say he's sorry for being an American. Because he's traveling to Greece and Germany and Peru.

GLENN: Right.

JEFFY: Just saying how -- look, everything has been great for eight years. It should be maybe okay with Donald Trump.

STU: The point of this though I think is to say he's actually been pretty good to Trump so far.

PAT: He has. He has.

GLENN: He has been very good to Trump.

STU: We don't know if it will continue. It may very well not. But he's done the typical president thing, which is be --

GLENN: Which is very good.

PAT: And unexpected.

GLENN: And he said that he even -- this wasn't yesterday, but he said he appreciated that George Bush gave him breathing room. Let's see if he does the same.

Featured Image: US President Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House, November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Later today President Obama will depart for his final foreign trip to Athens, Berlin, and Lima, Peru. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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