“I was hurt and disappointed – but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won,” the former first lady wrote in a post on her Instagram account. “My husband and I asked our staff to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: lead a respectful and transparent power transition – a hallmark of American democracy. ”
Obama added that she and President Barack Obama invited Trump’s staff to their offices and their staff members provided detailed memos and insight into their experiences. She confessed in her message on Monday: “None of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that put my family in danger. It was not something I was ready to forgive. ”
The presidential transition process has not officially started because Trump has baselessly refused to accept the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The formal transition will likely remain on hold until the election is certified by someone appointed by Trump in the General Service Administration in a process known as verification.
Obama said in his message that it takes “strength and maturity to put my anger aside.” In doing so, she invited Melania Trump to the White House.
Obama said he answered Trump’s questions about “the increased control that comes with being a first lady over what it’s like to raise children in the White House.” As CNN previously reported, Melania Trump has yet to invite elected first lady Jill Biden to the White House to continue the tradition.
For each day that passes without a transition, the work of preparing the White House for a new first family and moving the current family becomes more difficult.
Among other things, a to-do list includes planning organizational changes, moving trucks, tidying up and literally measuring curtains. Inauguration day is an event choreographed down to the minute, moving one family and setting up the next, to storing refrigerators and unpacking a First Lady’s clothes in her dressing room.
Obama warned on Monday of the dangers of extending a democratic and peaceful transfer of power not only to national security but also to the stability of American politics, saying, “This is not a game.”
“Our democracy is so much bigger than anyone’s ego,” she wrote.