Obama staffers stare into the abyss

Obama staffers stare into the abyss
Obama staff listen glumly as their boss congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 9, 2016 (Image: YouTube screen grab via PAPARAZZI NEWS)

For some it’s more appreciation. For some it’s newly surfaced regrets.

Some are committed to watching the inauguration, staring right into how much everything is going to change. Some say they can’t bear the thought of having it on TV. Some conveniently scheduled flights to long-delayed vacations so they’ll be in the air at 12:01. Many of those left to cope by heading to the farewell ceremony that will be at Andrews Air Force Base as soon as the ceremony’s over.

Staring down the final hours until Donald Trump is president puts Barack Obama into sharper definition than ever for his network of alumni.

They’ve been dribbling into the White House for final visits in the last week, getting their families one last photo with the president in the Oval Office.

Robert Gibbs, Obama’s first press secretary, came back with his son for one last stop-in, leaving with a special lithograph memento that went only to the inner circle.

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