This is as political as partisan politics gets. It even borders on petty. According to NBC News, President Trump will break a 40 year tradition in the White House. He is refusing to unveil a portrait of former President Barack Obama, something the sitting President has done for his predecessor, no matter the political party.
To say that Trump and Obama don’t like each other is, well, nothing new. To say that they have had a contentious relationship is, well, obvious. To make matters worse, the former President, according to NBC, has no interest in going to the White House to have his portrait unveiled by Trump.
These ceremonies have taken place in the East Room of the White House for decades. It hasn’t mattered what political party either man was a part of, in fact, I had the honor of being invited by Congressman Albio Sires to attend the unveiling of former President Ronald Reagan’s portrait several years ago.
It did not matter that we were standing all the way in the back of the room. It was still a special moment. I even got a glimpse, for just a second, of Nancy Reagan all the way in the front of the room. I knew it was the former First Lady. I barely could see the red dress.
It’s about the honor and respect for the Office of the Presidency. Politics be damned.
This needs to happen. Just my opinion.