Donald Trump is breaking a 40-year-old tradition by refusing to unveil forever President Barack Obama’s portrait in the White House.
Right next to the definition of “hater” will be a picture of Trump. NBC News reports that Trump has refused to host the traditional ceremony in which a portrait of the preceding president is revealed. Presidents of both parties have participated in the tradition for 40 years, which honors the legacies each leader held during their time in office.
“Presidential portrait unveilings are one of the three events that bring former presidents together. This level of animosity between a sitting president and his predecessors is unprecedented in modern history,” Kate Andersen Brower, author of Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump, told CNN.
It’s obvious that Trump is intimidated by Obama, his disdain for Obama has been seen throughout the years before and after Trump took office. Trump has accused Obama of not being a U.S. citizen, called him “ignorant,” said he was the “founder of ISIS,” and just recently accused Obama of unsubstantiated and unspecified crimes. No matter how much Trump has attacked Obama, the 44th president has shown his grace towards the toupee man. Back when Trump was inaugurated, he wrote him a letter that Trump referred to as “beautiful.” Despite Obama’s “go high when they go low” tactics, Trump has still found ways to harass Obama, including blaming him for a lack of COVID-19 testing.
In the meantime, Obama is busy helping students enter life after college graduation by performing commencement speeches for graduating classes. “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally, torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge,” Obama said virtually to students from historically Black colleges and universities.