President Donald Trump’s speech eviscerating the policies and programs of the Obama administration and the Washington political establishment drew cheers from the throngs jamming Friday’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.
However, for one man on the platform, it was clearly a painful experience.
Trump: “I will never let you down”
— i relate (@tbhireIate) January 20, 2017
President Obama was seen wincing and grimacing as Trump spoke, likely showing the true feelings that were subsumed under the superficial greetings required during the formal ceremony in which Trump inherited the reins of power from Obama.
In his speech, Trump drew this picture of America under Obama.
“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge,” Trump said.
“And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump added.
A video posted on TMZ shows Trump, after the speech, getting a baleful stare from Michelle Obama as she applauds perfunctorily.
Twitter was also assessing how the outgoing first family received Trump’s speech.
Outgoing president maintaining rigorously neutral expression as Trump decries “this American carnage” that is Obama’s legacy #inauguration
— Isabel Oakeshott (@IsabelOakeshott) January 20, 2017
Quick change of shot to Obama… looks like he is desperately trying to keep a neutral expression, but the disapproval is showing through
— Kate Langston (@Kate_Langston) January 20, 2017
Michelle Obama’s expression following Trump’s speech is everything. pic.twitter.com/gJpKQOXO3x
— Jenn Prosser (@JProssa) January 20, 2017
Cheney is savoring Obama’s reaction to all of this. pic.twitter.com/wim7rtuGIA
— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) January 20, 2017
Obama puts on a brave face for the nation. Michelle ain’t got time for that noise. pic.twitter.com/uZJFduZZzP
— David Marquez (@DaveMarquez) January 20, 2017
Hard feelings between Trump and Obama are no surprise. From the start of his campaign, Trump ridiculed Obama as a failure. Obama, who campaigned for Democrat Hillary Clinton against Trump, warned that Trump would be disastrous to the nation if elected.
Although Obama and Trump have appeared to be cordial when they have met in person, they have dueled intermittently through the media since Trump’s election. Obama has vowed that he will speak up to oppose Trump.
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