Obama Ditches Promise Of ‘Smooth’ Transition To Trump

Obama Ditches Promise Of ‘Smooth’ Transition To Trump

So much for a smooth transition.

Despite assurances that he would do what he could to ensure a smooth changeover in leadership to President-Elect Donald Trump, Barack Obama seems hell-bent on making it as rough and rocky as possible.

First was Obama’s public declaration that Trump was only elected because Vladimir Putin helped him win, then it was Michelle Obama’s complaint that the nation had “lost hope.” It looks like it’s going to be anything but smooth.

This is in contrast to the cooperative atmosphere nurtured by President George W. Bush in 2008 as Barack Obama was preparing to take office. Obama advisors still mention the feeling of “unity” that permeated the experience.

But this administration’s bitter disappointment over Hillary Clinton’s loss cannot be kept in. Press Secretary Josh Earnest accused the President-Elect of “encouraging” Russia’s alleged meddling in the election.

“Earnest seems to want to delegitimize the election,” said Republican strategist John Feehery to The Washington Times. “It’s very dangerous and seemingly counter to the wishes of the president.”

Obama advisor Dvid Axelrod said Earnest wouldn’t be attacking Trump without Obama’s implicit approval.

Mr. Feehery said the transition is “more like the Clinton-Bush” transfer in 2001, when some Clinton officials, angry at the election outcome and the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending a recount in Florida, were accused of mischief, including removing the “W” keys from computer keyboards in the White House.

“Jim McGrath, a close associate of the Bush family, tweeted that Mr. Bush’s last White House press secretary didn’t dish out such harsh treatment of President-elect Obama.

At his year-end press conference, Obama said Trump should accept the findings of the CIA and FBI that Russia had aided Trump’s campaign by hacking and releasing Democrats emails.

“My hope is that the president-elect is going to similarly be concerned with making sure we don’t have potential foreign influence in our election process,” Obama said.

Compounding the tensions, Michelle Obama said of Trump’s victory: “We’re feeling what not having hope feels like.”

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Obama said of her husband’s departure that Americans “will come to appreciate having a grown-up in the White House.”

“What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” she said. “What do we do if we don’t have hope, Oprah?”

“Her comments prompted conservative Los Angeles radio host Larry Elder to respond on Twitter, “Imagine the outcry had [first lady] Laura Bush said, as Michelle Obama did, about the new president, ‘Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.’”

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