I’m not sure whether we elected the president we needed, but we did elect the president we deserve [“Trump, Obama vow to work together,” News, Nov. 11]. We are an impatient, fearful and angry people.

Eight years ago, tired of two terms of an establishment Republican president, entrenched in a recession and war we shouldn’t have been in, we turned to an inexperienced community organizer and junior U.S. senator from Illinois. He was an “outsider” who beat the establishment candidate in Hillary Clinton to win the nomination and then beat another establishment candidate in John McCain to become our first black president.

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Just as Barack Obama latched on to our weariness in 2008, Donald Trump latched on to our anger in 2016 and ran with it. Democrats coronated the establishment candidate who couldn’t win eight years earlier.

So now what? We’ve put our trust in a man who fed on our anger and fear. We hope he can turn that into compassion and compromise and not only bring the change the country is apparently clamoring for, but bring it quickly. I don’t expect it to happen. If it doesn’t, we’ll continue to be angry and impatient and look for something better in four years.

Mark Posner, Coram