President Barack Obama cried at a senior staff send-off dinner at the White House. "We had our senior staff dinner. I got through about four minutes of the thing and started getting the hanky out," he told former aide David Axelrod in a podcast interview on “The Axe Files”.
The outgoing president said he is confident he would have won a third term in office if he was allowed to ignore the U.S. Constitution that sets presidential term limits at 2.
"I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama said.
Obama endorsed and campaigned for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost by a landslide to President-elect Donald Trump -- specifically because the American people did not rally behind Obama's socialist policies.
First-time voters are credited with helping Trump secure the election because he spoke directly to them and heard their grievances with the government.
The same hubris that prevented Obama from seeing the flaws in Clinton's campaign was on display during the podcast.
"I know that in conversations that I've had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one,'" he said.
Obama promised to sit "still" and "be quiet" after Trump's Inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.
When he's not on the golf course, he said he would spend his free time writing his "first book" as a civilian.
Axelrod ended the interview by telling Obama, "I love you."