Obama Felt “Serenity” When Trump Was Inaugurated

When then-President-elect Donald Trump was sworn into office on Inauguration Day, many eyes were watching former President Barack Obama to gauge his reaction to the transition in power. According to the international news website Quartz, while many liberal fans of the former president were outraged and taken aback by Trump’s blunt “American Carnage” inaugural speech outlining much of what was wrong with America, Obama kept a pleasant demeanor and appeared to take it all in stride, even as much of the progressive agenda he had implemented over the prior eight years stood at risk of being reversed and undone. But now it has been revealed by Obama himself that he strangely felt a sort of “serenity” at the inauguration instead of the impotent rage that engulfed many of his supporters. The odd admission from the former president came during a recent interview with the U.K.’s Prince Harry, who was playing host of the BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program. Aside from taking thinly veiled shots at Trump in regard to his prolific use of social media to bypass the media and speak directly to the American people, Obama also spoke of the pressures he felt while in office as well as what he felt while leaving office. During the inauguration, Obama recalled that he felt grateful for the support of his family, particularly former first lady Michelle Obama, who was “my partner throughout that whole process.” He admitted to having “mixed feelings” that day because of “all the work that was still undone.” He expressed “Concerns about how the country moves forward but, you know, overall, there was serenity there.” “If you ran hard, you did your best and you were able to pass that baton successfully and the world was a little better, then you had done your job,” Obama added, likening the presidency to a relay race. For the record, the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus defines “serenity” – or the state of being serene – as “a state of freedom from storm or disturbance.” If Obama’s professed “serenity” during that day of massive and historical transition strikes you as incredibly odd, considering the vastly different political agenda that would be pursued by his successor, you are not alone. Indeed, Politico noted that much of Trump’s first year has been spent undoing what Obama had put in place during the prior eight years. That would include the rolling back hundreds of federal regulations, removing the U.S. from several multi-national agreements, the reversal of numerous executive orders – particularly Obama’s amnesty-lite for illegal immigrants, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – and legislatively doing away with the individual mandate cornerstone of Obamacare as part of the GOP’s tax reform bill, among other things. Yet, aside from a few social media posts and speeches aimed at dissing the president, Obama has been somewhat restrained in openly opposing Trump. Of course, as Trump continues to counter Obama’s agenda with his own, the former president’s sense of serenity on Inauguration Day may transform into one of tumultuous turmoil as he watches his legacy get ripped to shreds. www.conservativetribune.com