There is no question that this recent presidential election has been very polarized. Many voters will still not accept the results and there are ongoing protests every day against our new president elect. As all eyes have been on Trump and Clinton for the last few months, it’s easy to forget the guy already sitting
There is no question that this recent presidential election has been very polarized. Many voters will still not accept the results and there are ongoing protests every day against our new president elect. As all eyes have been on Trump and Clinton for the last few months, it’s easy to forget the guy already sitting in the oval office. Much to Obama’s credit, our current president is taking it all in stride. He’s playing it much like he played his time in the White House, cool and collected.
The big question is, what does Obama think about the election results? Obama campaigned hard for Clinton’s victory but he wants everyone to know that he wants a smooth transition to the new Trump administration. About a month or so ago between the popular vote and electoral college vote, Trump visited the White House and had a one on one meeting with Obama for a couple hours. Both people said the meeting went well and was very informative for both people.
Now, with his tenure as commander in chief almost at a close he plans on delivering his farewell address in his hometown (at least politically) of Chicago. It is said that the farewell address is a tradition from one president to another to ensure a smooth and peaceful transfer of power. This tradition was set by George Washington himself back in 1796. Obama had this to say about his farewell address, “I’m just beginning to write my remarks. But I’m thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.”
It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
Even toward the end, Obama is all class. He even shares some wisdom while he is still in the White House, “Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding — our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better.” He has also said that once he is out of office he won’t be weighing in on every issue out there. He might chime in if something is especially pressing or he feels strongly about something. Whatever your feeling about Obama and some of his time in office, he was still our president for 8 years and that is reason enough to stand by him. We thank him for his service to our country.