Obama jokes on ‘Kimmel’ that Navy SEALS can remove Trump from the White House if necessary

The former President visited the late-night show to promote his brand-new memoir, 'A Promised Land'

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Saturday 21 November 2020 11:18 GMT
Barack Obama discusses Osama Bin Laden raid on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Former President Barack Obama was the special guest on Thursday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he was promoting his just-released memoir, A Promised Land.

During his visit, the former President covered a lot of ground, joking about his status in his family ("you’re never a prophet in your own land!"), being “afraid” of his daughter Sasha, and dismissing Donald Trump's 2011 conspiracy theory that a Navy SEAL team killed a body double and not Osama Bin Laden.

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"You’ve got this guy who, by the way, I’m sure, you know, floated the idea that they didn’t actually kill Bin Laden," said Kimmel. "You killed like Weird Al or something like that. Did you kill Weird Al Yankovic?"

“I mean, it would be preposterous except for the fact that it’s the President of the United States re-tweeting it,” Obama responded. “And when you had one of the members of the SEAL team responding, understanding the risks he and his fellow SEAL members took—anything could have happened… that’s just not what you want out of a Commander in Chief."

But what about if somebody wanted to hide in the White House? For example, a certain current outgoing President who has not conceded the 2020 election? "If, say, they were going to be removed, are there little cubby holes or anything we should know about?,” asked Kimmel.

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"Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in there to dig them out,” Obama joked in response.

During their chat, Obama also praised his White House predecessor George W. Bush, noting, "He ordered everybody on his team to work seamlessly with us on the transition. Could not have been more gracious, could not have been more helpful. And that actually helped us be able to get a head start on trying to stem what could have been a great depression instead of a great recession."

Promised Land, which sold 890,000 copies in the US and Canada in its first 24 hours of release, is out now via Crown/Penguin Random House. Read The Independent’s review here.

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