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President Obama: ‘Trump In For A Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office’

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President Obama: ‘Trump In For A Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office’

Trump wake up call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday.

In a news conference at the White House, Obama said the freewheeling Trump could not be as outspoken as he was during the long and bitter campaign that ended last week with the Republican’s surprise win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Subdued and carefully choosing his words, Obama gave what appeared to be dispassionate advice to his successor free of much of the partisan rancor that marked the election campaign.

“This office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

The two men met in the Oval Office last week to begin the transition of power. Obama said on Monday he believed Trump would be pragmatic in office and not approach the country’s problems from an ideological perspective.

“There are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well, unless he recognizes them and corrects them,” Obama said.

“Because when you’re a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial it has less impact than it does when you’re president of the United States. Everybody around the world is paying attention. Markets move,” he said.

Obama declined to wade into a controversy over Trump’s appointment of right-wing firebrand Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist, saying it would “not be appropriate” for him to comment on Trump’s appointments.

But Obama, who criticized Trump’s temperament during the campaign, said it was important for Trump to send signals of unity after the hard-fought campaign. He said the political gifts that allowed the Republican to upset Clinton would be put to good use in the White House.

“I’ve been encouraged by his statements on election night about the need for unity, his interest in being president for all people,” Obama said. “In an election like this that was so hotly contested and so divided, gestures matter.”


The president-elect, a businessman who has never held public office, and his transition team are working on picking members of his Cabinet and the heads of federal agencies.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as a leading candidate for secretary of state, a source familiar with the process said. John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is also being considered for the job of the nation’s top diplomat, the source added.

Giuliani became one of Trump’s closest advisers during the campaign, functioning as his most vocal defender on cable news programs and introducing him at many rallies. Giuliani has also been mentioned as a possible attorney general or homeland security secretary.

A Trump transition team official denied media reports on Monday that Trump was seeking security clearance for three of his children and his son-in-law.

Such clearance would allow Trump to discuss matters of national security with his daughter Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Federal law prohibits him from hiring family members to serve in his administration, but all four played key advisory roles through the campaign.

Trump has insisted that to avoid conflicts of interest, his children would run his sprawling business operations once he assumed the presidency.


Democrats, civil rights groups and even some Republicans slammed Trump for choosing Bannon as a key aide, saying it would elevate the white nationalist movement into the top levels of the White House.

Making his first appointments since last week’s upset win, Trump picked Bannon as his chief strategist and counselor, and Washington insider Reince Priebus as his chief of staff on Sunday, saying the two would share the task of steering his administration as “equal partners.”

The choice of Priebus was seen as a conciliatory signal of Trump’s willingness to work with Congress. But critics blasted the selection of Bannon, who spearheaded a shift of the Breitbart News website into a forum for the “alt-right,” a loose online group of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

“There should be no sugarcoating the truth here: Donald Trump just invited a white nationalist into the highest reaches of the government,” said Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who called on Trump to rescind the choice.

The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Bannon’s appointment sent “an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign.”

Even some conservatives and Republicans voiced dismay on Bannon. Evan McMullin, who ran as a conservative independent presidential candidate, wondered on Twitter if any national Republican leaders would condemn the pick of “anti-Semite” Bannon.

John Weaver, a top strategist for Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, tweeted that the “racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.” Kasich was one of 16 Republican presidential hopefuls Trump defeated in the party primaries.

Priebus defended Bannon on Monday, calling him a wise and well-educated former naval officer and saying he had not encountered the sort of extremist or racist views that critics are assailing.

“He was a force for good on the campaign,” Priebus said on Fox News, adding they were in agreement on “almost everything” in terms of advising the president-elect.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and a senior adviser, told reporters in New York she was offended by the reaction to Bannon, describing him as a “brilliant tactician.”

Police in New York on Monday were investigating two cases involving swastikas drawn or painted in public spaces, as civil rights activists said there had been a surge in hate crimes following last week’s election.

Local media reported hundreds of students walked out of a high school to protest Trump on Monday in Silver Spring, Maryland, and students gathered at the University of Washington in Seattle to protest Trump.

(Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by John Whitesides and Ginger Gibson; Editing by Alistair Bell and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: U.S.  President Barack Obama holds a news conference in the White House press briefing room in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas



  1. FireBaron November 15, 2016

    Good God! Either Bolton or Giuliani as Secretary of State would make us more of a laughing stock than we were during the Shrub administration. These two have absolutely NO respect for our allies and they reciprocate.

    1. Mama Bear November 15, 2016

      not to mention Giuliano seems to be fairly senile

      1. latebloomingrandma November 15, 2016

        Thought so,also. Rudy seems to be losing it. But Trump, who appears to have few critical thinking or introspective skills, would not recognize this. I’m pretty nervous about so many unbalanced people in charge of our government.

        1. iamproteus November 15, 2016

          “I’m pretty nervous…………….”

          You should be terrified!

          1. Mama Bear November 15, 2016

            yes and no. Fear is the mind killer and we cannot allow it to control our minds. Be vigilant, be careful, do everything you can but do not be paralyzed by fear.

    2. latebloomingrandma November 15, 2016

      The Secretary of State is about diplomacy. Putting an ideological Mr. Mouth in there is ridiculous.

  2. Mama Bear November 15, 2016

    Would someone please send Priebus a link to Breitbart?

  3. The lucky one November 15, 2016

    Bolton??? Well so much for the view of some that Trump’s election would finally allow the GOP to admit what a huge mistake they made invading Iraq. Bolton was one of the chief liars cheer leading us into that debacle.

  4. loveofcountry November 15, 2016

    Arrogant Obama telling Trump he will get a wake up call and have to face reality once in White House is rich. Here is your wake up call into reality buddy, your whole presidency were absolutely repudiated and the American people are soooo looking forward to erasing every bad law and treaty you unilaterally with your phone and pen and executive orders , sucker punched into law. Hillary lost because, thank God, people saw through her false persona and saw the corrupt ruthless person she is. She lost because we do not want Obamacare, abortion at a child’s last moments in the womb. Lack of transparency, disastrous treaties with terrorists who hate us and on and on and on. Put on your big boy pants and admit you failed. You failed to dupe the wonderful American people who want change from the nightmare you created in our country for the last eight years. Happy days are here again!!!!!!!!

    1. Bill P November 15, 2016

      President Obama has an approval rating of 55%, that’s a majority of people approving of his governing. The majority of people who voted in this election cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. Gee my understanding is that Congress creates and votes on all laws not the Executive branch. A bill has to pass the House and Senate then it goes to the President for signing or veto. The laws passed in the Obama administration went through this process, if Congress got sucker punched then they didn’t do their job and would be part of the reason that Congress has such an abysmal rating. Your claim of abortion at a child’s last moments in the womb is another of the lies spread by the extreme right wing media during the campaign. Here is an article from USA Today about this fallacy:
      Q: Is the procedure really performed up until the last days of pregnancy?

      A: “That is not happening in the United States,” Dr. Aaron B. Caughey, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University, told The New York Times following Trump’s comments this week.

      “There are no nine-month abortions,” Gunter said. There are situations in which labor is induced because of problems in the last month of pregnancy, but “at 38 or 39 weeks it’s always an induction and is simply called a delivery,” she said.
      As usual you trolls just write unproven comments and claim them to be the truth.

      1. Mama Bear November 15, 2016

        Too bad so many lies out of Trump’s mouth were taken as fact. Too bad there is so much ignorance and refusal to educate themselves in this country.

        1. Bill P November 15, 2016

          It is so sad that too many people in swing states went for these lies. One troll even suggested that if votes from CA and NY weren’t counted Trump would have won the popular vote too. Just have to love the simplistic logic of these tolls.

          1. iamproteus November 15, 2016

            yeah, well, if my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.

      2. Jim Samaras November 15, 2016

        Congress DID their job in rejecting those bills then Obama sucker punched the process and hence the EO’s. That’s how you view “the process”?

        1. Bill P November 15, 2016

          Jim the last time you commented on EO’s you stated that President Obama issued 923 EO’s an we both know that the # was really around 260 and you also associated him with EO’s that were issued decades earlier. So your claiming anything on EO’s is suspect at best. The ACA wasn’t an EO, so Congress must have passed that bill and President Obama signed it into law. Why don’t you try to list some EO’s that President Obama actually listed.

      3. loveofcountry November 15, 2016

        HR3504 The Born alive abortion survivor protection act,passed the house Obama threatened to veto it. Fact check Obama and infanticide. Hillary was going to continue Obama’s abortion agenda. If what you say is true, Hillary should be our new President.

        1. Bill P November 16, 2016

          hr 3504 never made it out of the Senate. It passed the House on 9/18/2015 and was sent to the Senate where it didn’t get to a vote. That aside I will repeat my earlier quote “Here is an article from USA Today about this fallacy:
          Q: Is the procedure really performed up until the last days of pregnancy?

          A: “That is not happening in the United States,” Dr. Aaron B. Caughey, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University, told The New York Times following Trump’s comments this week.

          “There are no nine-month abortions,” Gunter said. There are situations in which labor is induced because of problems in the last month of pregnancy, but “at 38 or 39 weeks it’s always an induction and is simply called a delivery,” she said.

  5. AgLander November 15, 2016

    And Obama is in for a huge wakeup call when he leaves office when 8 years of ruling like a third world dictator through executive fiat will all be wiped out by the stroke of a pen from President Donald Trump. Obama never governed…he ruled with a pen and his legacy will also be wiped away by a pen….in minutes, which is appropriate!

    1. latebloomingrandma November 15, 2016

      Don’t worry. As a young ex-president with high popularity, his work is not done as a private citizen. He will still have much influence.

      1. AgLander November 15, 2016

        He’ll have the same influence as just another voice from the peanut gallery since he has NO power, NO party power to draw from in Congress, and NO support from the American public who rebuked him and his programs so severely in the recent election.

        1. johninPCFL November 15, 2016

          He’ll be just like Reagan who went off to make millions per speech. Unlike you, who still can’t pay the rent.

          1. Mama Bear November 15, 2016

            🙂 well said

      2. Jim Samaras November 15, 2016

        As the onion is peeled by the Trump administration the public will see how Obama has hurt this nation and that popularity will diminish like a fart in a windstorm

    2. Jim Samaras November 15, 2016

      Trump will NEGOTIATE with congress to get the job done constitutionally. There will be EO’s on a basis that his supporters will agree with as a last resort only

  6. Otto T. Goat November 15, 2016

    “Subdued”, more like completely Trump-stumped.

  7. Jim Samaras November 15, 2016

    Right…..257 related incidents in a country of 350M is a racial EPIDEMIC! The right MUST BE STOPPED

  8. Jon November 15, 2016

    No surprise here. Reince Priebus and Kellyanne Conway think Steve Bannon is just a swell guy. They are right if you support fascism, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, white supremacists/nationalists, pro-Russian movements, deny climate change, rapists, neo-nazi movements, the KKK and other hate groups. They have been fine tuning their defense of Trump and these supporters of his for months now. Remember how offended they were when Hillary called those groups deplorables? They weren’t going to let these groups which they fawned over calling them patriotic hard working Americans be called deplorables. Those groups represented all they believed in,


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