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We’re in this together

November 9, 2016
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

We've had a day to absorb what just happened in the election, and we're on America's New Season, day two.

Here's what happens between now and Inauguration Day:?

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire brought us our first results from a dozen residents of the Granite State bringing us the results of their midnight, EST, election time about a minute after they happen.

The election was called, and Hillary Clinton conceded. She sat through the night and gave a speech, in which she said, "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead."

She said that the Constitution requires a peaceful transfer of power.

"Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don't just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things: the rule of law, the principle that we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them."

Then, it's off to college: the Electoral College meets Monday, Dec. 19 to formally elect the new president and vice president.

The results will be counted and officially announced by incumbent Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Since August, both Trump and Clinton have been given access to 16,000 square feet of federal office enough for 114 staff.

There, workers will have begun vetting potential names for the approximately 4,000 government positions that the new president will need to fill.

Now that Donald J. Trump has been declared the winner, the new president-elect will be given access to the Presidential Transition Headquarters in Washington, DC and will be given a multi-million dollar budget.

In 2008, Barack Obama was said to have employed a 450-person team at a cost of $12 million. Of that, $5.2 million was reportedly paid for by the US Government, with the remaining $6.8 million coming from private sources.

Trump will also attend a Secret Service intelligence briefing. The agency has already revealed its codename for Mr. Trump:?Mogul.

Shortly after, Obama will invite Mr. Trump to tour the White House and discuss the transfer of power, in the same manner as he did with his predecessor Bush in 2008.

Trump said in his victory speech, "Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people."

Throughout history, there have been incidents of pranks and vandalism during presidential transitions.

After the transition from Bill Clinton to George W Bush, it was reported that the White House had been "trashed", leaving $14,000 worth of "damage, theft, vandalism and pranks".

Almost $5,000 was spent replacing damaged or missing W keys on keyboards, offensive graffiti was found and intentional damage left to office equipment.

Similar pranks have been noted in previous transitions, such as the one between Clinton and Bush's father, George H W Bush.

Traditionally, the president-elect and their family will stay in a hotel from Jan. 15, before moving into the White House on inauguration day on Jan. 20.

After they have been sworn in, Mr. Trump (or possibly his media staff instead)?will gain access to the official presidential Twitter account @POTUS and the White House website will be redesigned and relaunched at midnight, reflecting the standard of the newly sworn-in president.

Trump closed his victory speech by saying, "I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning. We're going to get to work immediately for the American people, and we're going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your President. You will be so proud. Again, it's my honor."

As I talked to leaders of our community, I?noted the commonality in their response to the election results, regardless of their political and ideological persuasion:?this is a time to unite, to work together, to create a world in which we all can live and thrive.

The things that bind us together go far beyond political differences, beyond what happens in Washington,?DC.

In our daily lives, we have one another, and it seems there's no reason to wallow in disappointment, if you are disappointed, nor to go forward in fear.

There is a group of people who has been meditating, praying, and sending forth positivity on the issue of water, and for humanity and the world, usually on Tuesday afternoons, but occasionally through the year. It's a continuation of what started as the Day of Peace back in August.

Sec. Clinton also said, "Because, you know -- you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, "Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do."

This marks a new beginning, but I?believe in many ways things will stay the same, or even continue to get better.

 
 
 

 

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