Barack Obama’s staff didn’t have to settle their enthusiasm while awaiting the arrival of President-Elect Donald Trump to the White House. Members of his administration looked as if they were part of a funeral march instead of the White House during a peaceful transition of power.
As President Barack Obama was congratulating Donald Trump on winning the election and vowing to work with him during the transition, multiple White House staffers were photographed bawling their eyes out. Perhaps it was the thought of Trump repealing and undoing all of Obama’s executive orders and Constitution trampling that had them all so upset.
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 10, 2016
“We are all now rooting for Donald,” Barack Obama managed to say during the first ever meeting between the two foes. Apparently, the help didn’t get the “be nice” memo from the Oval Office.
Maybe the tears were as much for themselves as for the nation they wanted to see handed over to Hillary Clinton. After January 20th, 2017, they are all out of a job.
While he said the right words, there was clearly tension in the air between these two. Based on how his staff looked and the fact the First Family picture shoot got cancelled, I can only imagine what Obama was saying as Trump was driving up to the White House.
“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually on one team,” President Obama also said. Hopefully the administration staff will be forced to show the same mature and respectful behavior modeled by Obama as the president-elect and his team start spending more and more time among them — readying themselves to take over the White House.
“This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first,” Obama continued.