It was a very warm gesture on President Obama’s part to offer the use of the playground swing set on the White House grounds to president-elect Donald Trump, who has nine young children in his family.
His gift was not accepted.
The playground set, which was paid by the Obamas themselves, was installed in the South Lawn in 2009 for their young daughters, Malia and Sasha, who were then 10 and 7 years old, respectively.
The gesture was made so that the two young girls would feel at home. But even as they grew up, the little jungle gym had remained a place where the girls could spend some quality time alone.
In fact, it was a peaceful place where the president himself would have private meetings with his closest friends.
It is uncertain why Trump refused to keep the swing set for his eight grandchildren or at least for his 10-year-old Barron. But he is very proud of his young son’s prowess with the computer, so probably he does not envision the swing set will come in much use in the future.
Plus, it’s doubtful for the Trumps to use anyone’s hand-me-downs, even if it belonged to a former president.
Here are some of the comments Twitter users have made about the president-elect’s decision.
@cnni the President should stop trying to be nice to these people. Just do what's required by law. He has no respect for Obama! Never has.— gettis64 (@gettis64) January 5, 2017
@cnni Barron doesn't need it, he's too busy playing on the cyber ??— Ari Pilakoutas (@Pilakoutas) January 5, 2017
@cnni It's not made of stainless steel & fake gold that's why, sorry— edsto77 (@edstil) January 5, 2017
@cnni He doesn't want his grandchildren to play or visit.— Patrice (@PatriceMolnar) January 5, 2017
@cnni Trump people view their offer of swing set as a hand me down from Colored people. Ivanka was insulted at their offer. Boo!— coolncalm (@coolncalm3) January 5, 2017
@cnni give it to black lives matter— Joseph (@jbl468) January 5, 2017
@cnni of course he wouldn't accept. It's a hand me down. What a jerk— Zaida (@Saida11660) January 5, 2017
The Obamas are now donating the playset to “a local organization serving those in need” — a much better move than giving it to the Trumps; at least the charity will appreciate it.
A moving truck from Moving Masters Inc. was spotted at the White House and some of the first family’s stuff has already been moved out.
It's that time... pic.twitter.com/pRFqPGMMvU— Michelle Kosinski (@MKosinskiCNN) January 4, 2017
The Obamas will continue to live in Washington, D.C. at least until 15-year-old Sasha finishes high school. In the meanwhile, they have leased a $5.3 million, nine-bedroom mansion in an upscale neighborhood of the city.
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