What must it feel like to be President Obama today?

What must it feel like to be President Obama today?


Sophia Tesfaye

Barack Obama and Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama and Donald Trump meet for their first face-to-face meeting in the White House Thursday

While at least a quarter of the country begins to shrug off their shell shock from waking up on Wednesday to news that their fellow Americans had just elected an authoritarian reality-TV star to be the 45th president of the United States, the current president, his family and staff had to quickly snap back to patriotic professionalism in order to welcome Donald J. Trump to the White House on Thursday.

I, for one, can’t even begin to imagine what that must feel like — to welcome a man who reached the political prominence he had flirted with for years, in part by insisting that the first African-American president is illegitimate. To realize that Trump’s birther campaign succeeded not only in forcing a sitting president to show his papers to a white man who derives his only sense of authority from his wealth but then to also watch as he serves the ultimate humiliation by dismantling your legacy.

What must President Barack Obama feel like today?…

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