Barack Obama was gracious as he congratulated Donald Trump on winning the 2016 election. His staff? Not so much. Though Barack said America was ‘rooting’ for Trump, his advisers and aides looked devastated. Some were even in tears! Click to see.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting the country,” President Barack Obama, 55, said on Nov. 9 following Donald Trump’s, 70, victory over Hillary Clinton, 69, according to the Daily Mail. “Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually on one team.”
That sentiment wasn’t shared by many of Obama’s staff, as some openly wept at the result of the election. “I’m so sad,” one staffer reportedly said. Another was asked if this was a “bittersweet” moment. “I don’t know about the sweet,” another reportedly said.
Barack wasn’t the only one calling on Americans to give Trump a chance. Hillary, in her concession speech on Nov. 9, said that all citizens – including the majority of voters who picked her instead of him – “owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.” Even Bernie Sanders, 74, who famously slammed Donald as a bigot, is ready to work with Trump at “pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families.”
Of course, not everyone shared this peaceful, diplomatic point of view. Thousands of voters, upset that Hillary got the most votes but lost the election, flooded the streets of New York City, Chicago, Boston and more. Citing how Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, are “racist, sexist [and] anti-gay,” the voters used their First Amendment rights to vent their anger over the results.
Some protesters near Trump Tower in NYC were arrested after they climbed light poles or burned flags. Some were charged with disorderly conduct while others were booked with resisting arrest. Donald says he wants to be a president for “all Americans” – seems he better learn how to calm the anger of those who never wanted to see him in the White House.
What do you think about the reaction from Obama’s staff, HollywoodLifers?