Politics

Obamas Skip Photo Tradition During Meeting With Trumps

| by Jonathan Constante

President Barack Obama greeted President-elect Donald Trump into the White House, but skipped a long-standing tradition between first couples.

Obama and Trump met at the White House on Nov. 10, the New York Post reported. They spoke for about an hour-and-a-half, but skipped the long-standing tradition of current first couples taking a photo with the future first couple.

The photo of the couples is usually taken at the south entrance of the White House. Obama and his wife appeared to have canceled that photo-op, according to The Wall Street Journal.

During the presidential race, Michelle Obama strongly campaigned against electing Trump.

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When Barack was first elected in 2008, he and his wife took the traditional photo with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.

While the Obamas did not take a group photo with the Trumps, several other photos were released. One of the photos showed Barack and Donald shaking hands, and Michele and Melania having tea together.

Both Barack and Donald said positive things about their meeting.

“I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump,” Barack said. “It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.”

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Meanwhile, Donald called the meeting a “great honor.”

“The meeting lasted for almost an hour-and-a-half, and it could have, as far as I’m concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer,” he said.

Sources: New York Post, The Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Tom Lohdan/Flickr

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