It’s been a few days since Donald Trump visited the White House for a sit-down with President Obama. But political-watchers are still wondering what unreleased and juicy details resulted from that meeting.
Most media continue to report the Trump-Obama talk was both gracious and helpful, with the current President extending an olive branch to the President-elect, and the big take-away was that they would work together to bring the country to a state of cooperation and conciliation, leading to healing.
But it’s hard to imagine that all went smoothly, given Obama’s total dismissal and scorn of Trump during the brutal campaign season. And remember: this is the same Obama who, just days before the election, outright called Trump “unfit” to serve in the high office.
Further, a story from Western Journalism shows that perhaps reading between the lines of the meeting and noting more what was not said than said, is perhaps the way to go.
During a press conference from the White House, Obama was asked about the tone of the meeting with Trump. And his reply was all good – he spoke of the need for the country to come together and recognize that Trump was the next president and as such, would appoint those whom he believed best to help run his administration.
He didn’t criticize, and he didn’t condemn.
But as the news outlet reported: “Neither did he offer Trump any praise.”
Obama also slid in a few passive-aggressive remarks, aimed at pointing out the likely failures of a Trump presidency.
“Campaigning is different from governing,” Obama said, Western Journalism reported. “I think he recognizes that.”
Well, thank you, Mr. President. And thanks for pointing out that “the American people will judge, over the course of the next couple of years, whether they like what they see and whether these are the kinds of policies and this is the direction that they want to see the country going,” as Western Journalism reported.
Nothing like using the obvious to make a snarky, arrogant, passive-aggressive point: that you are still in shock the American people would elect Trump in the first place.
Source: Western Journalism