President Barack Obama tried to strike the right tone in making his first public remarks after yesterday’s stunning election, even if his staff wasn’t looking forward to the happy talk. The Washington Post reported the surreal scene this way:
“Before Obama showed up with Vice President Biden, scores of White House staffers, perhaps 200 in all, streamed into the Rose Garden, filling in the lawn behind a bank of television cameras. They came from the West Wing and from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across the street. Rarely had reporters seen so many staffers at a Rose Garden event, and none of the reporters could recall seeing so many with such grim and somber expressions.
“Obama, who campaigned intensively against Trump, attempted to remain positive and upbeat, talking about the importance of a peaceful and orderly transfer of power that is required by the American democratic system. He pledged that his administration would work with Trump’s transition team to ensure it.”
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