Thursday, November 10, 2016

TRUMP | Mr. T Goes to Washington (Updated Feb. 12, 2017)

Trump and Obama Discuss Transition Today.
Nov. 10, 2016 –Doubtless  with today's visit of President-elect Trump to Washington, many people will be revisiting Frank Capra's 1939 movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

(Update 2-12-2017: This might be the high concept of the Trump campaign.)

Young Jefferson Smith played by Jimmy Stewart is elected President with the mission of cleaning up corruption in Washington, what Trump has called "draining the swamp".

While Mr. Trump's theme harmonizes with Mr. Smith's, the reality is starting off a little differently from the movie.

At his meeting today with President Barack Obama, the President-elect called him a "very good man" during their meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the transition. Obama told Trump: 
Mr. Smith (1939) Struck 
Chords Similar to Mr. Trump's.
If you succeed, the country succeeds.
Trump thanked Obama for the extending the meeting, which was scheduled for 10-15 minutes but ran an hour and a half:
Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you, and I look forward to being with you many, many more times.
Obama said they talked about both domestic and foreign policy  and that he was encouraged by Trump's interest in working together during the transition:
My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful.
The President-elect said he would seek counsel from Obama.

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