After President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, many were left wondering how the hell this happened. I mean, the man was a complete joke from the very beginning of his campaign. When the idea of Donald Trump becoming our next president was even mentioned, a typical response from an average American was– ‘that is hilarious.’
We all can recall the times that even President Barak Obama mocked the idea of a Trump presidency. For instance, Obama mentioned in an interview with Matt Lauer last January that there was no way in hell Americans would ever submit to Donald Trump’s façade, and that they were smart enough to see through his “simplistic solutions and scapegoating.” Lauer proceeded to ask Obama: “So when you stand and deliver your State of the Union address, in no part of your mind and brain can you imagine Donald Trump standing up one day and delivering the State of the Union address?
With an innocent chuckle, Obama responded with:
“Well, I can imagine it in a ‘Saturday Night’ skit.”
And that is not the only incident. Obama’s brilliantly-sarcastic mockery of Trump began as early as the 2011 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, when Trump went on one of his delusional outbreaks where he supported the ‘birther’ conspiracy theory–which claims that Obama was born in Africa and so challenges the legitimacy of his office. And let’s not forgot about what happened few weeks before the election, when Obama went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and read of insulting tweets about himself. Towards the end of the segment, Obama read off his phone from the Republican nominee:
“President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States! @realDonaldTrump.”
After a perfectly timed pause, Obama strikes out an unforgettable, amusing remark:
“Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a President.”
Then, Obama does the infamous mike-drop and holds out his phone for a brief moment before dropping it onto the floor. Classic. For the record, that is my top 10 most memorable Obama moment.
Nevertheless, these Trump punch-lines soon became our worst nightmare. Reality set in and Trump somehow mustered up a win. As explained by New Yorker journalist David Remnick, Trump’s triumph stunned the White House, and president Obama was now considering his legacy and the future of our great nation:
“What frustrated Obama and his staff was the knowledge that, in large measure, they were reaching their own people but no further. They spoke to the networks and the major cable outlets, the major papers and the mainstream Web sites, and, in an attempt to find people “where they are,” forums such as Bill Maher’s and Samantha Bee’s late-night cable shows, and Marc Maron’s podcast. But they would never reach the collective readerships of Breitbart News, the Drudge Report, WND, Newsmax, InfoWars, and lesser-knowns like Western Journalism—not to mention the closed loop of peer-to-peer right-wing rumor-mongering.
“Until recently, religious institutions, academia, and media set out the parameters of acceptable discourse, and it ranged from the unthinkable to the radical to the acceptable to policy,” Simas said. “The continuum has changed. Had Donald Trump said the things he said during the campaign eight years ago—about banning Muslims, about Mexicans, about the disabled, about women—his Republican opponents, faith leaders, academia would have denounced him and there would be no way around those voices. Now, through Facebook and Twitter, you can get around them. There is social permission for this kind of discourse. Plus, through the same social media, you can find people who agree with you, who validate these thoughts and opinions. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable. This is a foundational change.”
The new media ecosystem “means everything is true and nothing is true,” Obama told me later.”
Sure, America is in for a whirlwind of disaster, but at least we have someone like President Obama who believes that this is not the end of world and we have yet to reach an apocalypse (even though it sure feels like it). As Americans, it is time to come together despite the cards that we are unfortunately dealt with.