When Donald Trump is sworn in as the country’s 45th president, outgoing President Barack Obama will be in attendance to witness the peaceful transition of power.
The last time power was transferred, the 2009 inauguration of Obama, the tone turned ugly when then outgoing President, George W. Bush, was introduced to the crowd and was met with loud, sustained booing.
Even liberal MSNBC found the booing of Bush to be distasteful. Commentator Chris Matthews implored attendees, “Don’t do it,” as the chorus of boos started. “Bad form here,” he continued.
Fellow MSNBC host Rachel Maddow added, “That is not what I expected.”
The crowd was much more vocal in the animosity for the outgoing President than the MSNBC microphones picked up in the background of their broadcast. Cameras in the crowd show just how loud and widespread it was.
The question now is: How will Donald Trump’s supporters greet President Barack Obama at the inauguration? And if he is met with a less than charitable greeting, how will the media report it?