In 2008, Donald Trump praised Barack Obama to New York 1’s Dominic Carter, saying he had a chance to go down as a great president, and that he did “an amazing job.” He slammed George W. Bush as “the worst president in the history of this country” and “evil.”
“You know, you can be enemies with people, whether it’s Iran, Iraq, or anyplace else and you can still have dialogue. These people wouldn’t even talk with him. It’s terrible,” said Trump.
While he had harsh words for the outgoing president, he had a much different opinion of President-elect Barack Obama.
“I think he has a chance to go down as a great president. Now, if he’s not a great president, this country is in serious trouble,” said Trump.
“I think [Obama's] going to lead through consensus,” continued Trump. “It’s not going to be just a bull run like Bush did. He just did whatever the hell he wanted. He’d go into a country, attack Iraq, which had nothing to do with the World Trade Center and just do it because he wanted to do it.”
Trump was then asked if he ever thought he would see an African-American president in his lifetime.
“They always said 100 years before a black man or woman could be elected president. And the 100 years turned out to be, like, one year. He’s done an amazing job,” said Trump.