Former President Barack Obama showed how a real president honors the anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Tuesday in a statement putting President Donald Trump to shame.
Rather than issue a solemn statement on Twitter to mark the seventeenth anniversary of the tragic loss of life that occurred that day in 2001, Trump began the day by attacking the FBI and praising Rudy Giuliani before posting this:
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
Seriously. That’s really the best Trump could muster on Twitter today.
Thankfully, America still has a real president to look to on days like today, and he did not disappoint.
Unlike Trump, Obama mentioned the first responders who risked their lives to save people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon after the planes struck the buildings, many of whom lost their lives in the line of duty.
He then spoke of our military and thanked them for continuing to defend our country before concluding with a message of hope.
We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There’s nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2018
As Obama continued being the statesman America needs, Trump went on to further embarrass himself and the nation on Tuesday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. After he arrived at the airport to head to the memorial honoring the passengers of Flight 93, Trump did a double fist pump for his fans, behavior inappropriate for a president to display on this particular day.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 11, 2018
Trump would go on to make a speech, sticking to the teleprompter instead of saying things that he shouldn’t or going off on tangents. That is until he decided to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” and awkwardly paused in expectation of wild applause that never came.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
At least we can count on Obama to deliver the solemn and hopeful words and behavior Americans need most at a time when our country lacks real presidential leadership.
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