While President Trump demonstrates his total selfishness and lack of respect towards veterans through his actions at the Armistice Day ceremonies celebrating the centenary of the end of World War I, former President Barack Obama issued an eloquent statement on Twitter to mark the occasion, celebrated as Veteran’s Day here in the United States.
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To all our veterans and your families: thank you. There's no tribute that can truly match the magnitude of your service and sacrifice. But all of us can do our best to live up to the American values of service, responsibility, generosity, and citizenship that you helped defend.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 11, 2018
Obama’s gratitude to our veterans and service members rings as a genuine and heartfelt expression of his feelings and stand in stark contrast to Trump’s highly scripted Veteran’s Day tweet which was devoid of any appeal to the kinds of values that his predecessor so articulately espoused.
On this Veterans Day — the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI, we honor the brave HEROES who fought for America in the Great War, and every Veteran who has worn the uniform and kept our Nation Safe, Strong and FREE! https://t.co/zBvvYRR7XE pic.twitter.com/YO06ztfvNm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2018
While Trump’s words may speak of honoring veterans, his actions — at the cemetery visit that he skipped because of rain, at the memorial ceremony attended by world leaders for which he arrived late, and his failure to visit active-duty troops at all during the two years of his presidency to date — all display a profound disregard and contempt for veterans and for military service in general that only serves to remind the American public that they elected a man who evaded his own military duties in the Vietnam War by seeking a deferment for dubious “bone spurs.”
Trump’s failure as an inspirational figurehead for the vast majority of rational Americans makes many of us long for the Obama era when they weren’t being embarrassed daily on the international stage by a fractious and surly, undiplomatic “leader” as the responses to Obama’s tweet indicate.
Spoken like a real President. Not the pathetic 'president' we now have.
— mark smith-bingham (@jakalpimp) November 11, 2018
And this Veteran thanks you back, sir. It's good to hear from a *real* President. We miss you.
— Bob Geiger (@GeigerNews) November 11, 2018
Missing you with all my heart.
— Connetta Brown (@ConnettaB) November 11, 2018
Like a true president. Thank you for your wise words & your presence.
— Kristee Resists (@KristeesRant) November 11, 2018
You are and always will be a shining example of a great President….miss you Sir….as president.
— Stephen (@LvJeepWranglers) November 11, 2018
For those who are wondering…. this is a PRESIDENTIAL TWEET !!! What real and legitimate President’s say ……
— Keifer Rockburn (@keiferla) November 11, 2018
I truly Love and Miss President Barack and Michelle Obama.
Dignity, grace, intelligence, professionalism, grace, respect and the English language was living in the White House.
— Willie Lee Davis (@WLD01) November 11, 2018
So this is what it felt like to have a sincere, compassionate and eloquent president.
— Jason Rose (@JasonLeiRose) November 11, 2018
Hopefully, soon the national nightmare that is the Trump administration will be over and the kind of presidential behavior that Barack Obama exemplified and continues to demonstrate will return to the norm. It can’t happen soon enough.
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