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#Calexit is fun to contemplate, but it’s not the answer

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Perhaps taking his wife’s advice, to go high when others go low, President Barack Obama kept it cordial in his first meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House. Trump did, too, calling Obama “a very good man.”

Still, the sit-down was surreal. The nation’s first black president was making niceties with a successor who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Coming Sunday, The Bee’s Erika D. Smith will ponder whether other Americans can and will follow the president’s lead in turning the other cheek for the good of the republic.

Our editorial for tomorrow notes California’s understandable but impractical response, the #Calexit secession movement. Meanwhile, people in numerous states are reporting harassment and racist speech, including among middle-school students in Michigan who unnerved Mexican American students by chanting “build that wall.”

And then there is the matter of the 10-year-old in teacher Angela F. Luna’s classroom who fears his father will be deported.

Our take

Editorial: The hashtag #Calexit trended on Twitter. Since then, nearly 200,000 people have “liked” a secession petition posted on the YesCalifornia.org website. “We’ll just take our avocados and legal weed and go,” one proponent tweeted. Similar movements have cropped up in Washington and Oregon. Forget #Calexit. Just defend California against Trump.

Editorial: Will Donald Trump keep all campaign promises? Let’s hope not. When Trump was criticized for his craziest ideas, his defenders always said to take him seriously, not literally. After he becomes president, we may see how true that was.

Markos Kounalakis: There is one more powerful vote Americans can cast. And they can do it today. They can vote against CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the networks and the rest of the vile and vulgar broadcasters who may cause America to lose her way.

Bill Whalen says the best cure for America’s post-election hangover is to take a break from politics.

Ashley Snee Giovannettone says after this election, Veterans Day is even more important.

Their take

Orange County Register: It is difficult to draw conclusions from an election that has been anything but ordinary, but if general trends hold in Orange County, this should serve as a wake-up call to Republicans and conservatives that they need to do a better job of reaching out to the growing independents.

San Diego Union Tribune: Some 180 years ago, French author Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” We hope he was right. How we hope.

Raleigh News & Observer: For those who didn’t support him – and for quite a few who did – the day after Donald Trump’s election as president was like the moments after an explosion: silence except for a faint ringing in the ears.

Chicago Tribune: Donald Trump – every president – faces an unpredictable world that often shreds carefully laid agendas. Ask Barack Obama, many of whose approaches haven’t worked. But Trump would be mistaken to shred America’s alliances – or alienate allies with impossible demands – and expect that Russia and China won’t rush to pick up the pieces.

Will Rahn, CBS News: The unbearable smugness of the press. The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.

David French, National Review: Winning almost 60 million American votes doesn’t make Donald Trump right about NATO or trade. It doesn’t mean that dishonesty, deception, and fraud are suddenly acceptable traits in an American president. And it doesn’t make the alt-right any less evil.

Syndicates’ take

Charles Krauthammer: How the new Republican majority can succeed.

Patrick Thornton: Rural whites aren’t more American than the rest ofous.

Francis Wilkinson: Blocking traffic won’t block Trump’s agenda.

Trudy Rubin: Is there a way to check Trump’s most reckless instincts?

Andres Oppenheimer: Don’t be too smug, Mr. Trump.

Dana Milbank: To my daughter: You’re going to be OK.

Gail Collins: Ten-step program for Trump trauma.

President-elect Trump’s Twitter feed (oh, my)

“Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” – Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump

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