President Obama's staffers at the White House are having a tough time coming to terms with the phrase "President-Elect Donald Trump."
Trump on Thursday visited the White House to meet with Obama to discuss the transition between the two administrations.
Obama has tried to remain positive in his public statements, but the public expressions of his White House staffers paint a grimmer picture.
Staffers, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, can be seen in pictures surfacing on social media solemnly looking on as Trump arrives to meet with Obama. One staffer even appears to be crying in a picture.
Pack it in. We have a winner in the post-Trump Election Day collective mental breakdown freakout pic.twitter.com/wTa8uqSwG7
— Little Miss Rightie (@LilMissRightie) November 10, 2016
On Wednesday, as Obama gave his first public statement after Tuesday night's election, staffers looked on with disbelief that Trump had been elected. David Nakamura of the Washington Post captured the moment as White House staffers sadly watched Obama give his statement.
Remarkable scene in the Rose Garden where hundreds of grim-faced White House staffers showed up in solidarity for remarks from President Obama, with VP Biden at his side, on the election outcome. Obama pledged full cooperation with the Trump transition team and told his team to keep their heads up. After he finished and Obama and Biden returned to the Oval Office, the staffers applauded for more than a minute without saying a word. I've never seen anything like it. #obama #potus #whitehouse #rosegarden #trump #donaldtrump #biden #vp