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Obama will host Trump at the White House and promises a smooth transition

Thursday, November 10th 2016 - 11:40 UTC
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President Barack Obama will host on Thursday a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, in their first public step toward a peaceful transition of power after the Republican businessman's surprise election victory. The two men have had almost no one-on-one contact previously. Trump led the “birther” movement that questioned Obama's U.S. citizenship and has pledged to overturn the Democratic president's signature policy achievements after he takes office on Jan. 20 Read full article


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  • Pete Bog

    Farewell Obarmy, nice to have someone in the White House who is PRO-British. And put that bust of Winny back on your way out.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Briton

    Trump won,
    Clinton lost,
    and Obama will have to congratulate him instead of Clinton,

    still, Americans have made their choice and now will have to work together and get on with it,
    Great news for Britain, bad new for the nasty ones in the EU.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Bisley

    Obama lies -- he will do whatever he can to sabotage Trump in advance, while continuing to say how helpful he's being.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 04:30 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Jack Bauer

    BO will be his usual smarmy self, Michelle will tell us how disappointed she is 'to be an American', and so better get the gloves out...the fight will be off-bounds for the Press.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Obumma had a unique opportunity as the first black president and blew it big-time.

    Trump has a unique opportunity to demonstrate how NOT being a political wonk can make all the difference to the real people of America. He cannot possibly be worse than Obumma, so he's on a winner from the start.

    'First lady', but not for long, Michelle Obama, will also meet privately with Trump's wife, Melania and the first question she will ask is 'how do you keep your lovely figure and can you give me advice on how to deal with my super-sized ass that I have gotten since we came to the WH?

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 05:46 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Enrique Massot

    US citizens gave Trump not only the presidency, but a majority in both houses--therefore, he has received a solid backing and the power to implement his platform. Is he going to go for the radical measures he promised, i.e. the wall, deportation of undocumented immigrants etc.? Is he also going to create 20 million jobs and make “America great again?”
    It'll be interesting to watch.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Captain Poppy

    I am pleased that he has both chambers. It was in Februay of 2009 that the GOP was bitching that there was no change in unemployment. I'll give him until December of 2017 to see the wall start, 25% (1/4 of his term) of the illegals deported, the coal mines digging again, steel mill jobs back in Pennsylvania (as he promised in his PA. rally two weeks ago, Ford and GM out of Canada and Mexico and back in the USA. As for a budget deficit, 9/16's is Obama's, after that Trump owns it. was actually 25 million jobs that he promised. And, because he knows more then the generals, I would think he'll have the middle east carpet bombed and ISIS under the rug. In year two, let's see the the average American wage moves to.

    First and foremost the deportations and wall .....but, now we are hearing that the wall was a metaphor and not necessarily a physical wall.

    David Duke is pleased as the clapp on a hookers vajayjay. In fact, he thinks the good old days are on the way back like the old fashioned Christmas when blacks where hung from tress and not lights.

    Yeah........I'll give him a full year, more than the GOP gave Obama to see the YUUUUUUGE, improvement in the USA. Because, we all know that it will be a BEAUUUUUUTIFUL thing to see.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 07:56 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • ElaineB

    Captain Poppy, you are being way too generous. He promised all this on 'day one'.

    I notice he removed kicking the muslims out from his website. Could it be the snake-oil salesman was just that?

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 08:10 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Captain Poppy

    That is because I have a YUUUUUUUUUUGE heart and trying be be reasonable. Obama only had until February of 2009.

    They have all 3 branches. Any failures it 100% on their blame plate. Somehow I see mega corporations becoming super mega giants. They are already planning on taking filibustering away in the senate and using a simple majority rule, the nuclear option.

    But in all seriousness, I really think that the Oval Office in all gold leaf will look hideous. And, I hate to pick on someone's looks, but I feel that my new first lady looks moire comfortable in a shop on Tannus in Franfurt than on Pennsylvania Avenue. I don't think it will take long for buyers remorse to set in. Funny, it was only in 2012 that Trump ripped the electroal collagea system apart and yet that is how he popular vote.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Marti Llazo

    “Dow Hits All-Time High As Investors Anticipate Transition To Trump” [November 10, 2016]

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 11:05 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Kanye



    Capt Pop.

    I thought his acceptance speech was surprisingly and reassuringly low key, and conciliatory.

    The meeting went well.

    The truth is, he IS meant to be the President for ALL Americans.

    In return, all Americans need to give him the chance to lead.

    I share the fear, however.

    He will have to take demonstrative action very quickly. His supporters will expect it.

    Hopefully, Obama can give him some perspective.


    Why the unnecessary and mean-spirited attacks on Michelle Obama?

    I don't imagine you know her or have exchanged posts with her.

    Is her waist size somehow responsible for her husbands policies?

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 11:44 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Marti Llazo

    Using Google 1.0 Skills:

    In spite of its name, NPR / “National Public Radio” is a profoundly leftist site, an observation which should help in the comprehension department for any who might reject similar reporting from the same news sources but posted on such sites as Fox News.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 12:40 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • chronic

    The Sock Monkey is clueless.

    All Trump has to do to justify his election is to appoint a few non liberal bias judges - everything else is just pure juice.

    Bye, bye RBG - enjoy NZ.

    Your actions would have required a recusal whenever the administration was a party anyway.

    Harry Reid has well articulated that the rules have changed.

    Accordingly, McConnell may elect to amend the rules requiring only a simply majority to invoke cloture for WTA.

    There will be no unity - only a legislative/judicial rollback.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 04:31 am - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Kanye


    Thanks, pertinent observation.


    That does not sound in character for Obama.

    Both he and Trump were pleased with their meeting.

    You're one of the bitter trolls making things up.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 04:51 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • The Voice

    The lobbyists are quaking, the swamp will get drained (hopefully). Perhaps its like Brexit, the winner never imagined winning and was unprepared for it?

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • ElaineB

    Why do you think lobbyists are quaking? They don't all represent big business in D.C. They also represent people who would not have a voice without them. And they represent the U.S. overseas, bringing business and money to the U.S. The bring together people to make sure deals are done. If anything, Trump will work well with them.

    I agree Trump is unprepared but he does have these few months to pull something together. He will have realised by the end of the transition period that most of what he promised is just not possible. Much like Obama did when he found out the economy left by the Republicans was in far worse shape than he could have imagined. They learn to adjust and work with the system because it is bigger and more powerful than any President.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • ChrisR

    @ The Voice
    “Perhaps its like Brexit, the winner never imagined winning and was unprepared for it?”

    Not so, we (who voted Leave) were prepared for it because we understood the real anger that giving the country away to illiterate, innumerate grasping foreigners was just too much for the UK public.

    Camoron and Tits NEVER even considered they would lose, it was they who had no plans or even any understanding of what a hard Brexit meant. This is why they keep bleating that 'they can't divulge their negotiating plans'.

    If only Tits had some plans we might be getting somewhere.

    @ Kanye
    ”Why the unnecessary and mean-spirited attacks on Michelle Obama?...I don't imagine you know her or have exchanged posts with her.
    Oh grow up! She is a public figure and full of it when it comes to telling the rest of the world how to raise their children and what to give them to eat (or haven't you noticed that?)

    “Is her waist size somehow responsible for her husbands policies?” NO, it is her hypocrisy of telling the world to eat less whist all the time stuffing her face.

    BTW, it's not her waist, that has remained much the same, it's her 'ass' that has ballooned. Another Obumma disappointment.

    I see the Clinton 'supporters' are down-ticking like mad, ahh diddums!

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 12:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • ElaineB

    @ ChrisR You are more unhinged every day. Can't you find somewhere else to work out your issues with women? A psychiatrist's chair maybe?

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • chronic

    The ole bag is clueless about the future of America.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Captain Poppy

    A concern for those of us living in this future:

    The racists have come out of the woodwork in legions in the past 3 days, not to mention the spike in hate crimes. The slogan for them seems to be:

    “Make American great again and go back to Africa”

    In the south. It would be encouraging to hear Trump come out and quickly tweet that he has a zero tolerance policy for hate crimes and racism. But, despite whats happening.......nothing. Perhaps he will have David Duke as a special advisor to the “problem” and find a “solution”......a final one.

    At least we have a president who finally knows more than the generals about fighting, I mean, afterall, he was a cadet in a military high school........hardly a match for West Point and the Citadel or VMI.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Enrique Massot

    In his acceptance speech, Trum appeared surprisingly moderate. The huge amount of power he has been given by the electors (refused to Obama and fully used by obstructionist Republicans) allows him to go in any direction he pleases. Probably he'll shave off the most outraging points of his platform, but the ministers' names that are being floated are alarming.

    Nov 11th, 2016 - 05:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Marti Llazo

    In the US Congress, as in real life, sometimes doing nothing is preferable to do something monumentally stupid.

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 03:19 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    Poopy loves the 1st amendment - particularly when the message is to his liking.

    Now why is it that the DOJ has more recent VRA enforcement actions in the north than in the south? [It would be hard to argue that there's any place more racist in America than Southy save perhaps for Compton. Huh? That's funny - neither are hillbilly outposts!]

    Hard to argue against the military academies - unless you have a clear recollection of the Viet Nam conflict.

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • Briton

    We may not agree with some of his comments ,
    and some were over the top,
    but like it or not, he is now [or will be in January ]
    the president,
    and leaders and politicians insulting him don't help the situation,

    give him a chance to prove himself, and if he fails then remove him,
    sounds fair.

    He has a lot to live up to, and a load of responsibilities .

    Nov 12th, 2016 - 08:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Captain Poppy

    More scarier than Trump is Pence. Trump is a empty cell without DNA. Pence is the White House and Trump the figure head. The established GOP can't control Trump and they know it. Pence is an old boy, extreme right good old boy republican. The chambers leaders already are dictating whom they want to be CoS. It will be interesting to see this all play out. Of course in the end, we will go back to the 19th century, but they will be interesting battles to play out.
    Funny with right, conservatives, they always want to go back in time, be it the Taliban or GOP. Only difference is that one wants to travel back a bit farther in time.

    Up next........USA, Inc

    Nov 13th, 2016 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • chronic

    Poopy is a snowflake.

    Liberals lost the Senate.

    Liberals lost the House.

    Liberals lost the governorships.

    Liberals lost the legislatures.

    Liberals are preparing to lose the supreme court.

    Liberals lost control of the media.

    See a trend here, poops?

    Nov 14th, 2016 - 06:01 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Captain Poppy

    I'm a liberal chronic? I love it also when liberals call me an evil rightjob.

    Poopy is a, I'm taken aback by what must have taken a day to think up.

    You're such a sheep. I'm giving Trump the same chance to fail that I gave Obama.

    If life is black and white.....or even orange to you, no wonder you live in the virtual world of MP.

    Get out and live are never too old, especially by the maturity of the post.

    Nov 14th, 2016 - 11:43 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Marti Llazo

    This one is actually funny. Well, sort of. In a pathetic way.

    A true collectible:

    “Newsweek recalls 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President issue ”

    Preparing a mockup is one thing. Publishing and distributing a “Dewey Beats Truman” is, well, very Newsweek.

    Nov 15th, 2016 - 02:37 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • chronic

    No Poopi, you're a liberal - you're just too dumb to know it.

    Conservatives are light years to the right of you.

    You well demonstrate the narrowness of the field of vision of your type.

    The current thrust of the Republican party is no more than centrist by classical conservative standards.

    Accordingly, if you self identify with the Demos or even the GOP - judged by your meager offerings here on mp - you're not a conservative or even a moderate.

    See, you're so ignorant that you don't realize how truly wide/diverse the political spectrum is from both a popular and historical perspective.

    Get out of the house indeed!

    You might wish inject a little diversity of experience into your pitiful existence.

    And while you're at it try to dig a little deeper than the superficiality and oversimplification of that of the liberal mass media - if your IQ/education can support it.

    Now poopi, prattle on as is your normal activity making a little noise/smoke but signifying nothing of substance as the adults get back to business.

    Nov 15th, 2016 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Marti Llazo

    Just received this from one of my spies in one of those US Blue States, concerning their election results:

    “Clinton took an early lead, which completely evaporated when the Republicans got off work .”

    Nov 15th, 2016 - 08:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +1

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