There isn’t much love for White House traditions anymore, apparently.
George W. Bush wanted to start a precedent of refusing to criticize your successor – and he did, in fact, refuse to criticize Barack Obama during his eight years in office. As for whether or not Obama would continue that tradition, he was purposefully vague, stating that he’d only criticize Trump if he did something “un-American.” That’s rich coming from him. Even if he doesn’t directly criticize Trump, he’s staying behind in D.C. to give the community organizer life a second try – and will undoubtedly use his influence to thwart Trump.
Meanwhile, Obama started a tradition of his own he wanted to pass on – this one without the professional purpose of Bush’s. Obama started a tradition of participating in “March Madness” and filling out a NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN.
Donald Trump will not be continuing the tradition.
According to the Washington Post:
ESPN reached out to Trump’s staff and invited the president to fill out a bracket on-camera, just as President Barack Obama had the past several years. The network recently received word that Trump has passed. An ESPN spokesman said in a statement: “We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined.”
The news didn’t exactly come as a surprise to ESPN executives. They knew with a change of president, the annual feature might not continue. Obama hosted an ESPN crew each March and filled out brackets for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. Two of those brackets are now the property of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
A spokesman told The Post in December that ESPN would extend an invite Trump to continue the tradition, but Andy Katz, the ESPN basketball analyst who conceived the idea and walked Obama through the bracket explained at the time that “the bracket idea worked because President Obama follows basketball and is passionate about the sport.
Given how ESPN someone can someone push their liberalism on us while talking about sports, that could also be a reason why Trump refused.
That – and the fact that unlike Barack Obama, he’d actually like to do work.
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