Eight days after the first protests over the murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of police, protesters across the country are holding strong, taking up space, and making their voices heard. Amidst all the turmoil of the protests, an economic recession, and a deadly virus that has left 110,000 Americans dead, President Obama offered both hope and solutions to Americans in pain.
On Wednesday, President Obama held an online town hall with former Attorney General Eric Holder, the president of My Brother’s Keeper, a public official from Minneapolis, and more. His words were soothing after months of chaos, and he offered not only sympathy for the problems Americans face today, but actionable solutions for those who want real change.
In times like these, America needs a leader who can unify, empathize, and offer support. President Obama’s calm and thoughtful manner is a welcome change in the days of the Trump administration.
On Monday, Donald Trump proved how unfit he is to lead in times of turmoil, ordering that law enforcement shoot tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters in front of the White House so that he could walk across the lawn for a photo op holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Trump’s press secretary, Kayliegh McEnany, compared the moment to Winston Churchill’s walk among the rubble in London after World War II. Neither she nor Trump seem to understand why the scene was so upsetting, or why the move violated thousands of Americans their constitutional right to protest.
The difference between Trump’s leadership and Obama’s is as clear as day and night.
Twitter offered an outpouring of love for the last real president. Read some of their comments below:
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