PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — From political adversaries to presidential allies…”I believe it’s important for all of us to now come together,” said President Obama.
President-elect Donald Trump added, “I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future.”
For some, President-elect Trump’s ninety minute meeting with President Obama at the White House seemed like a pretty sharp turn. Call it political whiplash.
“You know it’s not sincere and it’s just the political thing to do,” said Rabiyah Kilh-El of West Philadelphia.
Monet Gedzah added, “It’s a game, it’s a game, it’s politics.”
“It’s actually quite normal, it’s just really intensified in this election cycle,” said Heather Lamarre, an associate professor and political communications expert at Temple University. She says that while it may seem insincere, it’s an essential part of passing the baton.
“The thing that has made our democracy work for a very long time is even if you don’t respect the person sitting in the office, you respect the office itself.”
After enduring months and months of negative ads, Lamarre says it’s time to turn to diplomacy, something she believes president elect Trump did successfully, when crediting his opponent during his acceptance speech.
“It showed a willingness to pivot, to be more moderate in his rhetoric and by doing that, he opened the door.”