Michelle Obama was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Monday and assured that her husband’s time in office made a difference that can be perceived by the whole nation.
She emphasized that hope is necessary, not just a campaign slogan, and also joined the public criticism of a Trump presidency, addressing the need of “having a grown-up in the White House who can say to you in times of crisis and turmoil, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. Let’s remember the good things that we have. Let’s look at the future. Let’s look at all the things that we’re building.’”
The First Lady warns about what’s to come
The First Lady assured that people would come to appreciate Barack Obama’s time in office as months go by. Since election day, President Obama has refused to restate his criticism of the president-elect, although the First Lady did not fail to speak against Trump, even if his presidency will be a reality in just a few weeks.
Trump responded to her comments on Saturday as he ended his victory tour in Alabama, bringing his nominee for attorney general Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to the stage. He praised the Obamas and proposed that the First Lady had misspoken, saying that she was talking about the past, not the future.
As he spoke to the crowd, Trump reminisced about the first days of his campaign, announcing his candidacy, and promising to build a wall along the Mexican border. The president-elect also revealed that he was not so sure about winning on election night and that he had rented a small ballroom so he could get lost if Hillary won the race.
On hindsight, all shows that Donald Trump is aiming to bring Americans together against immigrants and the outsourcing of jobs, materials, and economic potential. So far, the Obama administration has been about inclusion and granting opportunity to everyone who could take advantage of it; but it is also important to realize the U.S.’s role in world politics, although Trump has openly criticized Obama’s decisions that have supposedly led to the creation of ISIS and the antagonization of Russia.
A preview of the Trump administration
From Trump’s cabinet picks, electors can perceive how his government will perform, seeing that he will take office with a Republican majority in both House and Senate. One of his most controversial picks would be Jeff Sessions, someone who has had to confront public campaigns against him.
Sessions has been highly criticized for pushing a reconsideration on the constitutional amendment that entitles people born in the U.S. to an automatic citizenship, a move that was repudiated even by some Republicans. The Alabama senator argues that anyone could fly in from -for example- Brazil, and have a child in the U.S., fly back home and guarantee the baby’s U.S. citizenship.
The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868, after the Civil War, and was contested by the states of the Confederacy as they were forced to ratify it to maintain their representation in Congress. It was initially meant for allowing the children of African slaves become citizens of the United States.
Another event was Trump’s proposal of banning Muslims from entering the United States, and although he later retracted from these remarks, Sessions stood up and backed the proposal, arguing that times are right for the discussion of these matters. He recognized the American belief in religious freedom, but acknowledged that “we’re in an age that’s very dangerous and we’re seeing more and more persons enter and a lot of them have done terrorist acts and a lot of them believe it’s commanded by their religion.”
Sessions was the first senator to back up Donald Trump, which earned him the position of attorney general, the chief of the Department of Justice and a permanent member of the cabinet of the President, being the only one that does not possess the title of “secretary.”
Despite what people believe, Trump knows how to form a team, which in the end allowed him to win the U.S. presidency. Even if his actions may seem flamboyant and ill-advised, he knows how to create an uproar whenever he needs to and to divert people’s attention to things that may not matter at all.
For example, China recently seized a U.S. Navy research drone from international waters. Trump responded to the event by tweeting, misspelling “unprecedented” as he wrote: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of the water and takes it to China in an unprecedented act.”
It is unclear whether the typo was intentional or not, as it most likely was not. But even if Trump is a man-child, as Michelle Obama and the media wants to lead everyone to believe, the president-elect knows how to surround himself with the right people to accomplish his goals. It is with the best intention of everyone living in the U.S. that Trump turns out to be the best president he can.
Source: NY Daily News