ABC/Fred WatkinsJohn Legend actively campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and he says people are already feeling the difference between the outgoing president and President-elect Donald Trump.
“Particularly when you compare them, especially with Trump and how tawdry so much of the campaign has been,” Legend tells Jocks & Nerds. “I think people are appreciating how scandal-free his presidency has been.”
The ten-time Grammy Award winner says Obama’s admirable style is one of his many great qualities.
“Combine that with the fact the economy is doing much better than it was before he came into office,” he comments. “Unemployment’s down, incomes are rising. I think all in all, people are realizing he did a pretty great job.”
Legend does acknowledge some African-Americans are disappointed with Obama, especially with his handling of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It’s been a challenge for Obama, because he represents the state, and he represents law enforcement, and he represents the Justice Department, so the folks that are protesting are protesting that apparatus,” Legend says. “But I think he understands where those protests are coming from. But he still has to represent the government.”
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