One issue puzzling former President Barack Obama is why populist Republicans rallied around Donald Trump as their champion.
Obama outlined his confusion in volume one of his memoirs and at length with the Atlantic editor Jeffery Goldberg, noting America’s cultural heroes were traditionally represented by John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, and Clint Eastwood.
The “code of masculinity” represented by those cultural figures, Obama said, was that a man was true to his word, takes responsibility, does not complain, and is not a bully.
The “greatest generation” Obama said, was heralded for their sacrifices during World War II.
“Even if you are someone who is annoyed by wokeness and political correctness and wants men to be men again and is tired about everyone complaining about the patriarchy, I thought that the model wouldn’t be Richie Rich—the complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,” Obama said, referring to Trump.
Obama proposed Trump had