In an interview with radio show host John Fredericks this week, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed that some of President Obama’s loyal staffers left behind nasty notes for the incoming White House staff.
“We came into the White House,” said Grisham. “I’ll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said, ‘you will fail,’ ‘you aren’t going to make it.’
Now, does this really sound like the kind of thing anyone would make up from whole cloth? No, it doesn’t. Furthermore, does it take any imagination whatsoever to think that some of Obama’s people did this? We submit that it does not.
In fact, we’d be halfway surprised if they didn’t pull some crap like this. Obama’s people (rightly) saw Trump’s election as a complete American rejection of his presidency, and they knew he was going to come in like a wrecking ball, destroying every terrible thing the last guy did domestically and internationally. Of COURSE they left some disparaging notes behind. It was all the power they had left.
But nonetheless, a handful of Obama staffers felt the need to push back on Grisham’s claim, insisting that it isn’t true.
“This is another bald faced lie,” former NSC Director Susan Rice tweeted.
Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan tweeted: “Nobody left unimaginative notes written at a sixth-grade level. I mean, if they read the ‘how to do your job’ memos and briefing books we actually left, they’d at least know how to write a coherent speech, vet their appointees, and maybe fewer of them would be indicted or heading to jail.”
Yes, yes, Cody. Don’t worry, America hasn’t forgotten how utterly brilliant and booksmart and above-it-all the Obama White House was. You don’t have to remind us of those eight years of unrestrained arrogance.
Of course, you don’t have to believe that Keenan, Rice or the other Obama staffers who pushed back on the claim actually left their own notes. Hundreds of people work in the White House. We kinda doubt that Valerie Jarrett went around to every desk, bureau, and bookcase to make sure no one had left a nasty note in their wake.
“I’m not sure where their offices were, and certainly wasn’t implying every office had the issue,” Grisham said in response to the denials. “At the time, we saw it as kind of a prank and something that always happened. We were so busy trying to learn where the bathrooms were and how to turn on the lights, it wasn’t that big of a deal.”
It isn’t…but at the same time, it’s a little pathetic. For an administration that prided itself on egg-headed professionalism, this was a pretty juvenile parting gift. Then again, a few nasty notes are far from the worst remnants of the Obama legacy.