By Courtney Jasper
In a short few days we will be saying “goodbye” to President Barack Obama and “hello” to a President Donald Trump. January 20th is practically here. President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address has come and gone. It seems as if all anyone can think about is what will a Trump Presidency be like?
This theme of curiosity about the future has been a common theme for the different D.C. alumni that we have encountered at our site visits as well as the guest speakers at our morning sessions. They have inquired about what sort of President Donald Trump will be as well as how he will interact with the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party.
John Hudack, Deputy Director at the Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution believes that Donald Trump will have to disappoint the individuals who voted for him. Mr. Hudack explained that Trump promised over 20 different things that he will probably be unable to deliver. Mr. Hudack also pointed out that Trump was elected basically sans his political party.
Not all Republican members of Congress supported him and many even withdrew their endorsements after pledging their support for him. President Donald Trump may not feel a need to do everything that the Republican House and Senate want him to do because many of them openly opposed his campaign.
On Wednesday, we met with Sarah Binder who works in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and is also a professor in the political science department at George Washington University. When we asked her about what she thought the dynamic would be between the next Congress and President Trump she seemed optimistic about future bipartisanship that could ensue.
Ms. Binder explained to the class that in the Senate there needs to be a 60 yes votes majority to pass legislation. The Republican Party only has 52 members which is not enough people to stop a filibuster if one were to ensue. Binder pointed out that the President Trump did not run on ideals that perfectly match his party’s platform so he may have an easier time that a typical Republican would have reaching across the aisle.
Personally I have no clue what the next four years will bring. My bold prediction is that for the next four years President Trump will be nothing more than a face for the country. He will use his position of power to gain name recognition and make some new connections. When the House and Senate do things he does not like he will Tweet his discontent and they will follow his every desire.
I cannot wait to watch the next few days leading up the Inauguration play out. I am wishing him the absolute best in his new journey as the President of the United States. I hope that the United States is greater than ever by the end of the next four years.