One man fervently sought the victory of the other man's foe while fiercely attacking the other as the greatest threat to American democracy. The other man anchored his passionate plea to Americans to choose change and reject the establishment as an indictment on the failures of the other guy. President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump were bitter adversaries to the very last day of the campaign.
But in a classy show of upholding the great traditions of U.S. democracy, Obama quickly relayed his congratulations to Trump through a statement released by the White House.
Along with the congratulations came an invitation for Trump to meet with the outgoing President at the White House on Thursday to discuss and update the winner in the transition process.
The White House statement further says a smooth transition of power is a priority for the Obama administration.
While there's no official response yet from the Trump camp, his victory speech earlier expressed his vast hopes for unity from all sides for the good of the nation. Trump visibly appeared magnanimous in victory and somber in his talk and demeanor, a far cry from the fierce fighting stance he showed during the campaign. It could be an early indication that from a candidate to winner, Trump is ready to transition to being a statesman as the new president of America.
Obama aggressively campaigned for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton and gave her all the support she needed, while calling Trump " unfit" to become the country's highest leader. Trump on the other hand vowed to be the exact opposite of Obama and to scrap his key programs including Obamacare if he should make it to the White House.
Well, now, that Trump indeed has made it, perhaps it's time for the two gentleman to bury the hatchet, so to speak, and work together for the crucial transition.