President Barack Obama welcomed Donald Trump to the White House today to discuss the transition from one administration to the next.
There circumstances of the meeting were extraordinary. Mr Trump spent years claiming Mr Obama was born outside the US and was therefore not a legitimate president, while Mr Obama savaged him throughout the campaign as irresponsible and dangerous.
Today, they have presented a unified front.
Mr Obama has been on the opposite side of the process, meeting with George W Bush after running in fierce opposition to the Iraq War and Mr Bush’s stewardship of the economy.
Melania Trump, meanwhile, will meet with Michelle Obama in the East Wing of the White House. Mrs Trump memorably gave a speech at the Republican National Convention, parts of which were plagiarised from a speech by Mrs Obama.
Following the meetings, Mr Trump will head to Capitol Hill along with Mike Pence, the vice president-elect, for lunch with Paul Ryan,
the speaker of the house.
Meanwhile his transition team is working feverishly to fill out the key roles in the new administration. Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Jeff Sessions are among those tipped for top positions.
Last night protests swept through major US cities with the theme Not My President. In inviting Mr Trump to the White House, Mr Obama is acknowledging what the protesters will not.