Analysis | Democrats’ Dilemma: To Shake Or Not To Shake President Trump’s Hand
Analysis | Democrats’ dilemma: To shake or not to shake President Trump’s hand
President Barack Obama shook hands with lawmakers as he strode down the middle aisle of the House of Representatives before his final State of the Union, breaking into a wide smile when he saw a very familiar face.“Eliot, you’re here,” Obama said.
“Would I be anyplace else?” Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) replied.
For nearly three decades, Engel has been on the aisle for every presidential address to Congress. For a fleeting moment, it’s just him and the president — two Republicans and two Democrats since he began the tradition in 1989 — shaking hands in a show of …