For eight years we’ve seen Barack Obama’s arrogance on display, and now it’s going to affect the incoming President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump fought against all odds to pull off a historic upset against the political establishment, but he’s been deprived of much of the fanfare after the fact by a hostile media ripping him to shreds and a pissed off political party unable to take defeat graciously. The first case of abuse against the President-elect was when he and his wife Melania visited the White House for the first time the day after the election and were denied the traditional photo-op with the First Family upon their arrival.
Since then, Trump and his campaign have been denied credit for multiple accomplishments in his historic run for the office, including having the first female campaign manager to successfully run a presidential campaign. However, it doesn’t end there, and once again an Obama is to blame for it.
While past presidents have graciously taken their place at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office after their inauguration, Trump won’t be granted such an honor for at least a year after his predecessor leaves office. You see, the office is in dire need of security upgrades, especially since Trump has received perhaps more death threats than any other president-elect, but Obama refused to have them done, ostensibly so he could finish out his term in the Oval Office.
“My understanding is that for the first year of his time in office, President Trump will not have the Oval Office,” former adviser to George Bush, Karl Rove, told Fox News, the Daily Mail reported.
— Geoff Earle (@GeoffEarle) November 16, 2016
Apparently, the smug Obama told the Secret Service to hold off until the next president was sworn in, Rove explained:
“President Obama could have told the Secret Service: ‘I know you want to modernize the Oval Office with security enhancements — literally strip it down to the bare walls and build it back up so we’ve got bulletproof glass, security arrangements in it, in my last year in office.’ But instead he said, ‘Why don’t you do that [with] whoever comes next,’” Rove explained.
As a result, a President Trump likely isn’t going to be able to work out of the Oval Office until the renovations are done – renovations that could take over a year. Instead, Rove said, he’ll have to work out of the Eisenhower Executive Building across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“My understanding is, [Trump] will spend most of his first year using Richard Nixon’s old office in the Old Executive Office Building across executive drive and up the Navy steps,” Rove said.
So yeah, that’s a great parting gift from our procrastinator-in-chief, eh? How nice it will be when he’s no longer in office.
How nice, indeed.