From an interview on BBC conducted by Prince Harry:
Former President Barack Obama said he felt a sense of “serenity” the day his successor was inaugurated.
Serenity? I felt anything but.
First, I felt disbelief—that the people of my country would have chosen this ignorant, self-involved man over a woman who was the most qualified presidential candidate in recent times.
I felt disgust when Trump put his short-fingered hand on the Bible, the one used by Lincoln at that. This man, this “Christian,” who has lived his life against all the tenets of the Bible, i.e. charity, forbearance, turning the other cheek, taking care of the least of mankind, should have been struck by lightning on the spot if there is a God.
Then I felt dismay as Trump launched into his dystopian, Steve Miller driven speech. This is what my country had to look forward to? George W. Bush had it right when he remarked afterward: “That was some weird shit.” And at the one year mark we have only just begun to see the weird shit Trump has in store for us.
I hope former President Obama was just trying to be his usual “no drama” self when he told this to Prince Harry; not wanting to poke the Twitter bear into a retaliatory attack.
But I can look back at the video and photos of Michelle on that day and know exactly what she was thinking. Her aspect mirrored mine and that of all the voters who refused to buy into the last gasp of white superiority, xenophobia, and misogyny that the orange-haired man on the podium represented.
As Kramer in “Seinfeld” found out, just saying “Serenity now!” rarely, if ever, works.