MSNBC’s Traynham: ‘Very Unusual’ for Pres.-Elect to Criticize U.N. Vote
TRAYNHAM: "It’s very unusual. Typically, president-elects keep their mouth shut and they wait until they assume authority on the noon of January 20th of that year. Let me give you a prime example, Craig. Back in 1933 when Franklin Roosevelt was the president-elect, there was actually four months of a transition between November and March. That’s when inaugurations were back in March. We were in the throws of the national depression. Unemployment was at 26 percent. President-elect Roosevelt was often asked, 'Mr. President-elect, what are you going to do about X, Y, or Z? What are you going to do about unemployment? What you're going to do about, you know, the breadlines and so forth?' He would not comment because he wanted to give differential treatment to the current president, which was then a President Hoover. So, my -- my point simply is that, even during drastic economic circumstances, there was only one president at a time, and typically, that president is given the -- the -- the -- the leeway, if you will, to be president until January 20th."