People miss President Barack Obama, yearning for a time when the worst thing a president could do is wear a tan suit. On Donald Trump’s watch, Americans peacefully protested against an innocent black man, George Floyd, murdered by the police in slow motion. They were pelted with rubber bullets and pepper balls, which are chemical agents. The media was beaten with batons, and women and elderly men were shoved to the ground, then abandoned. We are better than this.
This time was different, though. People watched George Floyd die as a policeman knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The police officer with his hand casually in his pocket focused his cold eyes on the 17-year-old young woman who had the courage to tape what happened. She helped change the world.
President Obama, as usual, went right to the meat of the matter. For 15 days and 15 nights people of all races, all levels of education, all degrees of wealth or poverty, all ages marched on the large and small Americans cities alike.
They marched because they had enough of a government that not only murdered an innocent man, it wrecked violence against all of the others. People knew that Donald Trump was usurping power on a trip toward a dictatorship, letting tens of thousands of people die needlessly in a pandemic. They saw a malfunctioning Senate that one man held hostage, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
They had enough of the government shoveling money to the wealthiest and global businesses — neither caring about them in the least. They rebelled against a government that stole the country’s wealth, leaving behind a broken middle-class with no hope, and no opportunity.
When the coronavirus pandemic washed over the country, people stayed home and remembered what was important to them: family, security, health, nature, and others. Out of the president’s destruction of norms, lack of conscience, and utter ruthlessness, the country’s old systems began to crumble. But the American spirit is strong.
President Obama knew this and reminded people to look for the opportunity of this moment, to “reflect on what really matters,” because we are better than this:
‘It’s too early to tell if it’s permanent, but the changes brought on by COVID-19 are forcing many of us to reflect on what really matters in our lives.’
Twitter world exploded as Americans recognized their real president, not the imposter in the White House now:
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