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Transition from Obama to Trump administration may not go smoothly

Transition from Obama to Trump administration may not go smoothly

Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

I had forgotten Obama’s 2011 speech at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, in which he used the platform to “roast” Donald Trump, until I saw a video retweeted today.

Trump, you will recall, had been demanding release of Obama’s birth certificate.

If Trump were to become president, I wonder how the transition would go.

Probably not well.

It didn’t end there.

Trump offered $5 million for Obama to release his college transcripts and Passports. Obama passed on the offer.

But it didn’t end there. Here’s a segment from July 2015.

I’m *sure* Obama no longer harbors ill-will. And Obama *certainly* is not so petty that he would let their personal history get in the way of a smooth transition of power.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall if Obama were to have to give Trump a tour of the White House, and the launch codes to the nuclear weapons which could destroy all life on earth.


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Maybe not as good as Clinton to Bush? Let us hope not so bad as from November 6, 1860 and inauguration on March 4, 1861

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to windyfir. | February 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I think Clinton to Bush is an unlikely best case scenario. There will be no honeymoon period in the press, with the attacks on Trump starting as soon as the polls close. 1860-61 is not an unlikely possibility.

    And you can bet that from election day on if Trump wins, DC is going to look like Berlin in late April 1945 with every government office burning as many documents and records as they can.

    And that is the best case scenario. If Hillary, Sanders, or any GOPe candidate wins, or Obama decides to “save” the nation by ignoring the 22nd Amendment, it will be worse.

      He can’t ignore the 22nd amendment, unless the Ds retake the House. A R-controlled House won’t count any votes cast for him.

        ConradCA in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

        He hasn’t shown any respect for the rest of the constitution so there is no reason to expect he will pay any attention to the 22nd amendment.

        Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        Of course he can ignore the 22nd Amendment. He’s demonstrated there’s nothing on that dusty old parchment he can’t ignore.

        One of Obama’s first acts as President was to but his nose into Honduras’ internal affairs, and join with the Castros and the Hugo Chavez regimes to demand they reinstate Zelaya as President. Despite the fact their constitution clearly says that a president of Honduras can only serve one term. And that it’s unconstitutional for a Honduran president to even attempt to alter that part of their constitution and try to stay in power longer.

        The Honduran legislature impeached Zelaya, and when Zelaya refused to leave the Honduran supreme court ruled he was acting unconstitutionally and ordered the Honduran army to force him out.

        Obama joined with the members of the Caribbian/South American “presidents for life” club and told the Honduran government to screw themselves. Zelaya had to stay.

        That showed his attitude toward constitutions. They don’t matter to him. He’s been demonstrating that fact ever since.

      Oops. I forgot, it’s not the House that counts the votes. The constitution doesn’t actually say who does the counting, just that the vice president opens the certificates, in the presence of both houses. But if the counting is done by an officer of Congress, an R-controlled Congress will instruct that officer not to count any votes cast in violation of the 22nd amendment.

      In any case, it won’t come to that. He’s not going to violate the 22nd amendment, he’s going to have Michelle run for his third term. She loves the good life, and won’t want to leave; and if she wins she’ll leave the actual presidenting to Jarrett, just as Barack does.

Does anybody assume it will transition as smoothly as Bush to Obama? (Obama basically running things months ahead of time)

Obama will be kicking and screaming on the way out, grasping onto power. And that’s if a Democrat gets elected!

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to rotten. | February 10, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Nothing involving obastard will ever go well. He will do something nasty to a whole bunch of people as he leaves, as will that mope he’s married to.

    Obastard roasted Trump at that press dinner and it’s been said that Trump has been seething about it ever since and is one of the reasons he’s running.

    The more Trump succeeds, the less likely Hillary will be indicted. Obastard will want her to win in order to deny Trump and his vendetta the power of retribution.

legacyrepublican | February 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

I’d ask to see Obama’s college transcripts too.

One of the Biggest mistakes made by the Bush presidency was leaving Clinton Political Appointees in place instead of immediately dumping them. As a result, the Clinton Appointees from across the board spent every dime they could as frivolously as possible on junkets, un-needed supplies and crap. Each of the agencies than had to go back to the government for additional funding to make it through the year. This time it will be even harder as many of the appointee positions have been converted to permanent federal positions so getting rid of them is difficult to impossible. Whoever is elected president needs to clean house as far down as possible including today’s military leaders.

    ConradCA in reply to OldSarg. | February 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The next president could use the new executive order powers found by Tyrant Obama the Liar to solve this problem. He could issue an executive order transferring the traitors appointed by Obama to work in warehouses without phones, computers or printers.

The premise of the Professor’s post is just one more reason to VOTE TRUMP. It pisses off BOTH GOPe AND OBAMA.

The transition from Carter to Reagan wasn’t very cordial or smooth so Trump follows in Reagan’s footsteps in yet another way. Obama the black Carter won’t make a smooth transition to Trump the NEW ERA Reagan.

BTW, Trump has a large, loving and highly successful family and extended family. He is exactly the kind of person who would avoid ending all life on earth at all costs.

Now, a holy roller zealot and slimy lawyer who takes advice for insane zealots like Glenn Beck, he just might be the kind of person who could end all life on earth pursuing the greater glory of god.

I’m just sayin you need to be lookin at your own boy professor.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | February 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    “VOTE TRUMP. It pisses off BOTH GOPe AND OBAMA.”

    The GOPe in Iowa wasn’t pissed off. In fact, they were well “serviced” by the sucking of Mr. Establishment. He “blew” them up, alright…!!!

    TX-rifraph in reply to Gary Britt. | February 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    “Now, a holy roller zealot and slimy lawyer who takes advice for insane zealots like Glenn Beck, he just might be the kind of person who could end all life on earth pursuing the greater glory of god.”

    Does this comment say more about the target of the comment or the author of the comment?

    Radegunda in reply to Gary Britt. | February 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Trump has multiple broken families, and (as he himself has boasted) a long strong of conquests of “all kinds of women” including married ones. That’s probably why Gary admires him.

    But Trump couldn’t seduce Selina Scott in his vulgar, arrogant way, so he stalked and harassed her for twenty years. He wanted Princess Diana, but she quite understandably said he was “creepy.”

    Trump has publicly insinuated that he would like to have intimate relations with his own daughter (and he didn’t just say he would “date” her; he also used the s-word in his answer to a question about activities they enjoyed together).

    It isn’t surprising that the offspring of a billionaire would prefer to stay on good terms with him. But the effort to paint Trump as a family man of exemplary virtue is, frankly, idiotic.

      Milhouse in reply to Radegunda. | February 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      So far, Americans have never knowingly elected an adulterer president. (Clinton denied Flowers’s allegations, and most of his voters believed him.) Trump would be the first.

      ConradCA in reply to Radegunda. | February 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Who knows what happens in someone’s marriage. It is up to Trump to determine how he lives his life. Your just using this as a tool to attack Trump, but your argument is irrelevant.

      Was Trump convicted of any crime in his stalking and harassing of Selena Scott for twenty years? No! So this is just another case of you using innuendo and insinuation to make baseless attacks on Trump.

      Try providing some real facts to attack Trump with. You might be more successful.

    Milwaukee in reply to Gary Britt. | February 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    “BTW, Trump has a large, loving and highly successful family and extended family. He is exactly the kind of person who would avoid ending all life on earth at all costs.”

    I usually don’t associate mistresses and divorce with the creation of a large, loving family.

    He probably wouldn’t mind ending most life on earth if he, and his servants, got to live.

      And yet creating a loving, successful, extended family is exactly what he did do. Even his ex’s endorse him. Having all his children turn out so well adjusted with no spoiled brats is pretty amazing for any family. Even more amazing for a rich family. A credit to Trump.

        Arminius in reply to Gary Britt. | February 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm

        You have a very sick, twisted view of “creating loving extended family.”

        I don’t know of any “loving extended families” created by a jerk who takes advantage of his own father’s dementia to cut his own brother’s children out of his will and make sure almost the entire fortune goes to his own family.

        I also don’t know of any “loving extended families” created by an @$$hole who would break his word that he’d take care of all the medical bills of congenitally ill grandniece.

        He had a problem with Freddy’s alcoholism. So he took it out on Freddy’s children even after Freddy had died. When those children contested the will, Donald Trump took his revenge on the children of Freddy’s children by cutting off payment for vitally needed medical care despite having promised to pay those bills.

        “According to a Saturday New York Times story, Donald Trump once withheld payment for potentially life-saving care for his sick grandnephew to spite the boy’s father.

        In 1999, a the grandson of Donald’s brother Freddy Trump developed seizures and was born with cerebral palsy. Immediately following the birth, Donald agreed to pay any medical bills for the sick child.

        But at roughly the same time, Donald’s father Fred Trump Sr. died, and his will led to a family squabble:

        …’Then came the unveiling of Fred Sr.’s will, which Donald had helped draft. It divided the bulk of the inheritance, at least $20 million, among his children and their descendants, “other than my son Fred C. Trump Jr.”

        Freddy’s children sued, claiming that an earlier version of the will had entitled them to their father’s share of the estate, but that Donald and his siblings had used “undue influence” over their grandfather, who had dementia, to cut them out.’

        …Trump didn’t deny the charge when contacted by the Times. “I was angry because they sued,” he said candidly.”

        So, this is your idea of a stellar family man?


Two lying, Progressive, broken, sick, twisted man-chiles in the same space at the same time…???

Could get UGLY. It might come down to MoooOOOoochelle virus the nude girly magazine model…

And THAT could get REALLY UGLY…!!!!

Somehow I doubt even the Obama family will whine and fight the transition as much as the Clintons. Instead of the normal month and a half between administrations, GW only had fifteen days from the time the keys to the transition office were handed over to innaguaration. So many staffers were expecting to transition from Clinton to Gore that when the fat lady finally sang, they effectively just dropped whatever they were doing and walked out the door. That’s not mentioning the Clinton’s shopping spree through the White House furnishings for their new house.

IF Trump/Cruz becomes President, I really expect his first actions would be to un-do every one of Obama’s actions for the six months before the election, if not a full year. (but that’s probably just wishful thinking)

    song274 in reply to georgfelis. | February 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    RE: “IF Trump/Cruz becomes President, I really expect his first actions would be to un-do every one of Obama’s actions…” Totally agree, starting with shredding all those “Executive Orders” and shutting down the office of every Czar that he appointed. That’s the first week.

    The second week, make sure Hillary, Obama and Holder are comfortable in their new home away from home, while waiting for the jury to give a guilty verdict. I would dearly love seeing a little prosecution against Obama and his posse because of the treason they practiced.

Some major news organization is holding tight to Selina Scott’s documentary on Trump and other ugly revelations. They’ll be happy to spring it on the public if Republicans are foolish enough to nominate a shallow, vindictive, egomaniacal boor.

Then everyone can see the contempt with which Trump regards ordinary people who find themselves in the way of his ambition – like the Scottish people who didn’t want to give up their homes for his golf course, or the British journalist whom he failed to seduce and so he stalked and harassed her for 20 years.

The Democrat media will be happy to remind us of Trump’s indifference toward all the people he hurt in his four bankruptcies, and of his cruel taunting of disabled people, and of his pervy comments about his own daughter.

When did character stop having any importance at all to people who call themselves conservative?

    Yawn, old news and like this will be different for any other GOP nominee. Trump is the only one the media will plan an October Surprise. GMAFB.

    Who is it again that you support? Hillary or Bernie. Which one? Is it Fidel??

      Radegunda in reply to Gary Britt. | February 10, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Gary, do you enjoy being so flaming stupid? The notion that any critic of Trump can’t possibly be conservative is insane.

      I was conservative decades before Trump decided to run as a Republican after decades of mostly supporting Democrats.

      I was concerned about the border and immigration while Trump was saying that Romney was too tough on those issues.

      I was informing myself on the Islam problem while Trump was blustering that Pamela Geller was a “terrible” person for “offending” Muslims.

      You keep dragging out your idiotic, irrational accusations that I’m a leftist because you don’t have a way of refuting the ugly facts about Trump. You’d rather keep nursing your superhero fantasies.

That Fly on the wall will get to observe “unprecedented” document shredding and hard drive wiping like never seen before by the “most transparent” administration in US history.

With an impending Trump Presidency looming, obama may be the first POTUS to grant himself a blanket pardon for all his criminal activity before leaving office.

At this point nothing would surprise me..

    clafoutis in reply to DrJim77. | February 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Perhaps President-elect Trump, who didn’t get where he is by being naive or stupid, will anticipate the carnage and appropriate enough surveillance, monitoring, and supervision to keep it all in relative legal order.

    To be a fly on the wall(s), indeed.

      Milhouse in reply to clafoutis. | February 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Appropriate how? Until noon on 20-Jan-2017, whoever wins the election will have no more authority than you or I do, and will have no way to stop whatever will be happening in the White House.

    janitor in reply to DrJim77. | February 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Shreddings and wipings will happen no matter what.

It will go very smoothly because lackeys in the Obama administration will not want Trump to be detailing their derelictions to the public and taking action against them personally via firings, law suits and prosecutions.

The Donald: “Hi Barry, before we walk around the White House, do you mind if I bring along my dog.”
Barry:”Hell no. But you’ll have to leave that pony behind.”
The Donald: ” That’s not a pony that’s my dog. He’s a …”
Barry: “A dog? He’s a big one. What kind of dog is he?”
The Donald: ” … Caucasian ”
Barry: “A WHAT”
The Donald: ” … technically a Caucasian Ovcharka. They make good guard dogs. He would take some pressure off the Secret Service.”
Barry: “oh. What’s his name.”
The Donald: “New Era”
Then New Era eats Bo.

It might not be that bad.
I can see them taking a break for lunch and exchanging Hillary jokes.
The Donald: “You know she thought she could become President?”
Barry:” You know she thought she could avoid jail?”

Then both break up laughing.

You’ve essentially admitted that character means nothing to you. Someone makes sweet promises, and you’re all in.

Trump has the highest negatives ever recorded because a large part of the country is still capable of recognizing poor character when we see it.

And Trump’s poor character is not just “old news.” His essential character did not change when he decided to run for president, and his coarse, vindictive, narcissistic qualities are still visible to those with eyes to see.

It’s flat-out irrational to imagine that someone with a long history of aggressive self-promotion (and trampling on people in his way) has suddenly become the purest, most honorable, most selfless servant of the people.

    Radegunda in reply to Radegunda. | February 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    This was supposed to be a response to Gary — who keeps trotting out the patently absurd claim that I’m a raging leftist, and keeps insisting that Trump is some great paragon of public-spirited virtue.

      “who keeps trotting out the patently absurd claim that I’m a raging leftist,”

      Of course, you could end that by telling us what candidate or candidates that you support. That you will not do that says something.

      You are afraid to express support for your preference. But you are more than happy to sit around snipping about others.

        Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | February 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        “That you will not do that says something.”

        Oh? What, precisely?

        You really LIKE being a hateful dick, huh?

          “You really LIKE being a hateful dick, huh?”

          LOL, you should read your comments then go look in the mirror Mr Integrity.

          Asking someone that comments repeatedly about who they despise, on who they support is fair. Not that Mr Integrity would understand that.

          “Oh? What, precisely?”

          Probably that he is a GOPe shill. Which colors his every comment. He/she has a right to their opinion. We have a right to discount it based on their status.

    You wouldn’t know Trump’s essential character if it bit you on arse.

    Trump’s essential character is a highly patriotic USA loving, USA centric that wants the USA to look out for the USA first, that wants to protect USA jobs and workers and wants to protect the existence of our country by absolutely securing its borders.

    If he puts half the drive and energy he has put into becoming what he is today into making America Great Again even the nonbelievers that have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new American Renaissance will find themselves quite satisfied.

    Just like with Reagan.

    janitor in reply to Radegunda. | February 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Do you have some examples from Donald Trump’s life in which he failed to strive mightily to keep his promises (and usually succeeded)?

      Milhouse in reply to janitor. | February 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      His marriages. And his numerous adulteries.

        Barry in reply to Milhouse. | February 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        So, Trump fits in with half of America in his private life. I’m not electing a priest here.

        Do you have anything from his public life?

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | February 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm

          Sure. He has a very well-documented history of lying to his investors, partners and suppliers who trusted him, along with regulators.

          He has a very well documented history of misusing the law and the courts to bully people who merely criticize him, or who insist on simply enjoying their rights.

          He has a very well documented history of supporting Collectivists, and he’s openly come out with Collectivist positions within the past week.

          He lies virtually every day.

          He’s a pathological narcissist.

          For starters…

          Barry in reply to Barry. | February 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          ” He has a very well-documented history of lying to his investors, partners and suppliers who trusted him, along with regulators.”

          Odd, I am unable to find any documentation of such. Perhaps you reference some of the few business deals that failed as a result of changing economic environment.

          “He has a very well documented history of misusing the law and the courts to bully people who merely criticize him, or who insist on simply enjoying their rights.”

          Misuse of the law is of course in the eye of the beholder. But I will credit you with the most distasteful part of trumps life, the attempt to use eminent domain. Bullying of people who criticize him? Maybe he see’s it as an attempt to fight some of the people who lie about him.

          “He has a very well documented history of supporting Collectivists, and he’s openly come out with Collectivist positions within the past week.”

          Patent Rags BS.

      janitor in reply to janitor. | February 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Those who actually know Donald Trump, whether friend or foe, know that if he says he’ll do something, you can pretty much count on him doing it.

        Arminius in reply to janitor. | February 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

        janitor, you have to be joking. Or you don’t know the first think about Donald Trump.

        Here’s just one of his many frauds.

        “Among the key pieces of evidence in the class actions is an infomercial by Trump in which he presents the university as his own. In the infomercial, the billionaire claims he personally hired “professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific.”

        “And honestly, if you don’t learn from them, if you don’t learn from me, if you don’t learn from the people that we’re going to be putting forward, and these are all people handpicked by me,” Trump says, “then you’re just not going to make it in terms of world-class success.”

        Under oath, Trump told a different story. He testified in a 2012 deposition that, contrary to the Trump University sales materials and statements he made in the infomercial to the media, he neither selected the instructors nor oversaw the curriculum.

        Asked to name a single course taught by Trump University, he could not.”

        Trump University was an out-and-out scam. Everybody involved was a con man, and Trump was at the center of the rip-off. People wouldn’t have paid the exorbitant fees had they not been convinced they were learning Donald Trump’s real estate investing secrets. Trump’s only involvement with the school was to lie in their promotional materials and then to get paid for lending his name to the con.

        The students did learn some things. But mostly what they learned was old, outdated, ethically dubious, and in fact illegal practices in some states.

        So, Barry, if you’re unable to find any evidence of Trumps awful character and his habitual dishonesty, you must be searching for that evidence with your eyes tightly shut and your fingers in your ears.

        I’ll just sit back and wait for the usual trumpster response. Which will consist of attacks on me for the simple fact I quoted Donald Trump saying one thing about one of his moneymaking schemes to potential investors (and some of the Trump “University” scams/courses required an investment of of up to $35,000, because Trump doesn’t rip people off for pennies). And Trump being forced to admit under oath that none of those things he told those investors was true at all.

        In so many ways Trump’s scam reminds me of the Clinton’s whitewater rip-off. They’d steal a retiree’s life savings and not bat an eye. No wonder Trump and Clinton are BFFs. But a California judge said in a ruling for the plaintiff’s suing Trump “University” over being ripped-off the con job reminded him of Bernie Madoff’s scame And I can’t really argue with that either. The judge wrote:

        “victims of con artists often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize they have been fleeced.”

        Trump doesn’t lie about everything. He really could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and it wouldn’t bother his fanboys one bit. No doubt you’d say he was justified, and if somebody got ahold of a surveillance video that proved that, no, he wasn’t justified, that it was just cold-blooded murder, you’d turn your venom on the guy who showed you the video. Nothing Trump says or does, nothing he ever will say or do, will damage this irrational love you guys have for the Donald.

        It’s really weird. You guys need therapy.

    ConradCA in reply to Radegunda. | February 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

    The problem is that a large part of the country believes in political correctness and Trump doesn’t. He doesn’t surrender to the progressive fascists as Romney, McCain and the GOPe does. This makes him a great candidate to oppose Hillary the Lying Betrayer, Barney the Communist with the intellect of a 5 year old or whoever the progressive fascists run.

“Transition from Obama to Trump administration may not go smoothly”

Why would you think it will go smoothly for anyone else?

I can envision it…Barry would hand Trumph, the Insult Dog, the keys to the golf cart. On the dash would be a bobblehead likeness of Trumph the Insult Dog. The bobblehead will be made in China and will be Yuuuuuge!

The cart would have plenty of clubs and no balls…a smooth transition.

So it’s between Biff’s version of Hill Valley, and Venezuela?

What about the furniture?
Will they take the furniture home too?

Trump’s staff enters the White only to find the “T’s” missing from every keyboard

oh, I think it will go smoothly… both because of the facts that evidence of wrongdoing/0bama’s administrations illegal activities could be leaked/shown to the public… which would put 0bama/family in gitmo prison (getting waterboarded 8000 times) awaiting execution. Or could be damaging enough to force them to flee/be deported from the USA to arab countries (ones infested with ISIS… where 0bama’s daughters/wife are forced to marry the members of the death cult) …from how I see it, that would be FAR FAR FAR worse fate for 0bama or 0bama’s lackeys to suffer under.

that incentive should be enough to insure a smooth transition… Mwahahahahaha

besides Ted Cruz (much like Romney) wouldn’t be able to survive the liberal media onslaught and would lose against the clinton machine… with Trump tho… attacking him only makes him even stronger and increases his poll numbers and support.

JackRussellTerrierist | February 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Professor, we’ve had ONE primary. I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion by any means that Trump will be the next president.

If Trump gets in he should clean house in EVERY major government agency. The socialist ideology is so ingrained that the only way to change it is to dump every single one of them.