Donald Trump continues to buck the establishment’s system by doing things the way he wants them done. After learning that President Obama ordered the Department of Education’s library division to divert more than $8 million in funds to a fund to build the next Presidential Library, Trump wrote the order rescinding it and putting the money into improving the education of privately held charter schools instead.
The order, which will hold no power until after the inauguration, is just one of a growing list Trump keeps in a folder ready to sign as soon as he’s sworn in. Michelle Obama, who was going to get a free home on the top floor of the new building that was rumored to be a replica of the White House Residence, was reportedly so upset at the news that she canceled her plans to attend the annual Kumonawanna pig roast in Honolulu.
The library division has been using taxpayer funds to build Presidential libraries since John Adams had his erected in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1806. Obama will be the first president since Washington, who formed the division but never conceived of a library for himself. As a matter of custom, Democrats tend to include a residence for themselves to live out their days while Republicans are content to use the leftovers from their campaign funds to pay for their own private housing or upgrade their existing homes.
Obama will have no recourse but to try to raise the money or pay for the project himself, but without the big donors and connections of a great Republican president, he’ll probably be stuck buying something that looks like a Bush’s guest home.