Trump has raised unrealistic hopes - he should be nervous
Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30
Was it just me, or did Donald Trump look nervous on his first visit to the Oval Office? Seated next to Barack Obama, Mr Trump nodded and spoke in a low voice. He talked about "difficulties" and "high-flying assets" - whatever that means. And when it appeared he might answer a reporter's question, Mr Obama restrained Mr Trump and reminded the new president-elect that it was "house rules" not to take questions at photo opportunities.
Thursday's meeting was a surreal ending to a raucous, bitter campaign and a counterpoint to the prime time madness Mr Trump presided over for the last 16 months. Having driven a wedge the size of the Grand Canyon through the American populace, Mr Trump talked about unity and called Mr Obama "a very good man".
President-elect Trump has every reason to be nervous. This is not a beauty pageant he's won. Mr Trump now shoulders awesome responsibility, and he won't be able to blame Mr Obama or corrupt Democrats if things go wrong. With both a Republican House and Senate at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, it will be all up to "Team Trump".