“My husband and I instructed our staff to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us – carry out a smooth and respectful transition of power, one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”
“Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger,” she said in the message. “That was not something he was willing to forgive.
“But I knew that, for the good of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump to the White House and spoke to her about my experience, answering all the questions I had – from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise children in the White House. “
The presidential transition process has not officially begun because Trump has baselessly refused to accept the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
The formal transition is likely to remain on hold until the election is certified by a Trump appointee within the General Services Administration in a process known as verification.
Obama said he responded to Trump’s questions about “the heightened scrutiny that comes with being first lady about what it’s like to raise children in the White House.”
For each day that passes without transitioning, the task of preparing the White House for a new first family and moving the current one becomes more difficult.
Among other things, on a busy to-do list is planning organizational changes, moving trucks, cleaning, and verbatim measuring of curtains.
Opening Day is a choreographed to the minute event, which moves one family and prepares the next, even storing the refrigerators and unpacking a first lady’s clothes in her dressing room.
Ms. Obama warned of the dangers of prolonging a peaceful and democratic transfer of power not only to national security, but also to the stability of American politics.
“This is not a game,” he said.
“Our democracy is much bigger than anyone’s ego.”