Friday 15 December 2017

The Donald mightn't like it, but he could learn from Obama

'As Donald Trump shows his predecessor the door, there's much he can learn from Obama. From preserving the dignity of the office to protecting the First Family, Obama got it right' Photo: Marco Garcia/AP Photo
'As Donald Trump shows his predecessor the door, there's much he can learn from Obama. From preserving the dignity of the office to protecting the First Family, Obama got it right' Photo: Marco Garcia/AP Photo

Carol Coleman

It's almost time for one of the starkest transitions in American presidential history. Black is to be replaced by white. Youth is to be succeeded by age. The liberal left is handing over to the new right. Outgoing President Barack Obama and incoming leader Donald Trump are not really two sides of the same American coin. They are polar opposites.

Like any new administration, Team Trump is having fun doing things its own way. From its use of Trump Tower for both wheeling and dealing to the boss's incessant tweeting, signals are being sent daily that much has already changed.

Old presidential traditions have been cast aside. The new First Lady Melania and son Barron won't be moving into the White House on January 20, and it's not clear how much time the president-elect himself will spend in Washington versus New York. The Trumps will hang onto their personal jet, their vast property empire, and their many conflicts of interest.

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