By all reported accounts, president-elect Donald Trump and President Obama had a respectful, congenial meeting at the White House. As well it should have been, since Mr. Trump owes much of his victory to Barack Obama, writes Kimberley Strassel in the WSJ.
Tuesday’s results are a response to a government that targeted conservative nonprofits, left veterans on waiting lists, botched a health website and left the world to burn. “My legacy is on the ballot,” Mr. Obama said in September, in what was the truest statement of the campaign.
There’s plenty of Democratic blame to go around. Mrs. Clinton could have run a “change” campaign and moved her party back toward the centrism that earned Bill Clinton all those white, working-class voters. She instead catered to the progressive left. One exit poll shows Mrs. Clinton won union households by 2 percentage points, when Mr. Obama carried them by 18. Of the 207 swing counties that went for Mr. Obama only once (in 2008 or 2012), Mr. Trump won 194. This is an utter abandonment of the Democratic Party that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton led.
President Obama prided himself in being a transformational leader. Looks like that’s exactly what he did—transform America from blue to red.