In his last press conference as President, Barack Obama was asked what he thought of the democrat leaders attempting to boycott the President-elect’s inauguration because of the “illegitimate president” claims.
Even with the claims that Trump is not legitimate, it’s still respectful to watch the President-elect be sworn in. Although Obama didn’t answer the question at hand, he did speak some insight that seemed wise and needed. Below is Obama’s statement when asked about the Democratic lawmakers who planned to skip:
“It’s appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values. I think a lot of his views are going to be shaped by his advisers which is why it’s important to pay attention to the confirmation hearings. This is something I have told him. ‘This is a job of such magnitude that you can’t do it by yourself. You are enormously reliant on a team.’”
“If you find yourself isolated because the process breaks down, or you’re only hearing from people who agree with you, that’s when you start making mistakes. As I indicated, reality has a way of biting back if you’re not paying attention to it. With respect to the inauguration, I’m not going to comment on this issue. All I know is that I’m going to be there and so is Michelle.”
I may not have always agreed with President Obama, but I’m delighted with his answer to this question as well as his willingness to witness the upcoming inauguration. I believe the majority of these people will indeed go despite what they’re saying, but only time will tell.
President Obama describes conversations with Trump as “cordial,” adding, “I have offered my best advice” https://t.co/dUB4ipwoDD
— CNN (@CNN) January 18, 2017
What do you think about these people boycotting the President-elect’s inauguration? Do you think it’s disrespectful or simply a choice? Let us know in the comments below!