During a private meeting last November in the oval office, then President Obama gave President-elect Donald Trump a courtesy “heads-up” by showing the controversial incoming Republican what White House insiders call “The Film.” The meeting, which was only supposed to last a few minutes, ballooned to over 90 minutes when Mr. Obama thought it would be best to prepare Mr. Trump for his elite round table meeting in the Cayman Islands next week.
Just prior to taking office, every President-elect since Lyndon Johnson has met with the group of 12 prominent capitalist industrialists who belong to a “college of corporations”. The agenda of the meeting is private, but some speculate that agenda items include topics that favor the natural order of things that are congruent with the immutable bylaws of business. According to legend, these leaders of industry and media want to make it clear to the incoming President that their interests, and more importantly, the interests of the people of Earth must be preserved; that there must be a continuity of “the order.”
“The Film,” which is shown at the end of the Cayman Island meeting, depicts the John F. Kennedy assassination from an angle no one has ever seen before; at least no one outside the college of corporations. The footage lasts approximately 45 seconds and shows, in graphic detail, the execution of the 35th President of the United States. Following the film, the chairman of the college asks, “are there any questions?”
It’s unclear how President Obama obtained the secret film, or why he decided to share it ahead of time with Donald Trump. But it’s clear that Mr. Trump appreciated the briefing, and according to White House aides, it was Trump who extended the private 10 minute meeting to over 90 minutes due to a series of somewhat panicked questions. After the private meeting the two met with reporters on the scene. Several in attendance noted a certain smugness in President Obama and a sober sternness with Mr. Trump’s demeanor.
“My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful,” said President Obama. “If you succeed, the country succeeds,” as the two men sat in high-backed chairs in front of the fireplace in the Oval Office.
Trump, who seemed a bit punch-drunk, graciously thanked President Obama.
“Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times,” Trump said, adding that he and Obama had spoken about some wonderful and difficult things and “some high-flying assets.”
There was no mention of “The Film.”