Most American presidents are articulate, courageous, and have character and integrity. Most presidents are at least somewhat intelligent. Most presidents have a good understanding of history, and a desire to improve the world—even if the vision they have is not what some people would agree with.
Donald Trump is not most presidents. Trump is a weak, pathetic shell of a man who defines himself by his ability to spoil the accomplishments of others. Forbidden the love of his father, the overgrown toddler who has never understood the word “no” has decided to take it out on a nation which refuses to respect his cowardice and bullying.
Luckily, he’s not the only one around to show us how a president should behave. There are others, including President Barack Obama, whose conduct is far more suitable for such a task.
During the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, geography teacher Scott Beigel was shot and killed by the gunman after unlocking his door to allow more children to escape inside. He was 35 years old, and died a hero.
Trump, who decided that the March For Our Lives was an appropriate time to go golfing, has largely ignored the tragedy—and the victims. However, reports indicate that the parents of Scott Beigel did receive a highly presidential handwritten letter from President Obama.
‘“Your son seemed like an extraordinary young man, and Michelle and I grieve alongside you,” the letter to Michael and Linda read. “We can only imagine the hardship you are going through; hopefully all the wonderful memories can help ease the pain. We’ll get the details about your fund in his honor. In the meantime, you are in our thoughts and prayers.” It was handwritten, and it was signed Barack Obama.
‘“Scott is a hero. Scott was a hero way before February 14,” Linda told me on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. “What Scott did — saving his students — doesn’t surprise me. I’m proud of him. Obviously, I wish he wasn’t murdered doing it, but I wouldn’t expect anything less of Scott.”
‘Linda said she was moved to receive the letter from Obama, but, “even if he wasn’t the president,” she would’ve been moved by what he wrote. I asked her if she’d heard from the current president, Donald Trump, or from anyone in the White House. “I received no correspondence whatsoever. I received nothing from the White House. I got a beautiful letter from Marco Rubio,” she said. “I’ve gotten letters from other congressmen. But no, nothing from the president.”’
Trump has no empathy, so unless told, he would never even think of taking such an action. Once again, President Barack Obama has shown us what truly presidential behavior is. To a man like Obama, every American is an equal. Trump, on the other hand, thinks of the nation like a disloyal group of serfs, meant only to sing his praises. If you’re not a bootlicking loyalist, Trump cares nothing for you.
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