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President Obama to Meet President-Elect Trump

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By Frederick H. Lowe

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump. They will meet today.
President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump. They will meet today.

President Barack Obama will meet  today (Thursday) with President-elect Donald Trump, a man who led the “birther movement,” telling everyone who would listen that Obama shouldn’t be in the White House because he wasn’t born in the United States.

For many years, the insulting allegation dominated news headlines, one of many obstacles that made it difficult for Obama to govern. He was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

President Obama, the nation’s 44th and the  first African-American president, will discuss with Trump, his Republican successor, the transition between the outgoing and incoming administrations. When he takes office on Jan. 20, 2017, Trump will become the nation’s 45th president.

It could be a difficult meeting because Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislation, and Obama vigorously campaigned for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s nominee, and against Trump, saying he was unfit to be president.

Although President Obama would have wanted to hand the reins of power to Hillary Clinton, he extended an olive branch to Trump, a billionaire businessman and reality television celebrity who has never held public office.  His campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.”

“We are all rooting for President-elect Donald Trump to be successful,” President Obama said. “It is no secret the president-elect and I have some significant differences.”

After one of the country’s most vicious campaigns replete with sexism, racism and hate speech, Trump said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united  people. It’s time.”

In an election Tuesday night that surprised and shocked a nationwide television audience who were prepared for a Clinton victory celebration as polls and early voting predicted, Trump won the electoral vote 289 to 218. A candidate needs 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.

Clinton, however, won the popular vote with 59,429, 038 votes to Trump’s 59,240, 076.

Trump won key battleground states, including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

CNN exit polls reported that Trump receive 12 percent of the black vote, much higher than the 2 percent that had been anticipated.  During his two campaigns in 2008 and 2012, President Obama received more than 90 percent of the Black vote.

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