‘Why Do You Want To Do This?’: Obama Warns 2016 Field That ‘Trappings,’ ‘Power’ and ‘Celebrity’ of the Presidency Get Old

President Barack Obama warned the field of 2016 presidential hopefuls that the notoriety that comes with the office gets old, during a portion of a National Public Radio interview aired Monday.

When asked by an NPR reporter what he would ask the presidential candidates seeking to replace him, Obama said: “I might just ask somebody, ‘Why do you want to do this?’

“And I suppose they would give a cliché answer because that’s what candidates do,” Obama continued. “But I will tell you as president, if you are interested just because you like the title or you like the trappings or you like the power or the fame or the celebrity, that side of it wears off pretty quick. At least it has for me.”

Obama went on to explain what sustains him.

“If you want this job then you really need to love this country and have a very clear vision and idea of what it is that you want to help make this country work even better,” Obama said.

NPR released the segment of the White House interview today after most of the interview aired last week.

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