On Thursday — Christmas Eve — outgoing President Donald Trump yelled in all-caps on Twitter about the election, claiming, among other points, that “VOTER FRAUD IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY, IT IS A FACT!!!” His allegation that widespread voter fraud swung the election to Biden is false — and he’s continuing to push this nonsense even as Americans struggle through the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, on Christmas Eve, the Obamas offered a different vision. On Twitter, Barack and Michelle Obama wished Americans well amidst the turmoil of these times.
Barack wrote, in part: “[Let] us celebrate the blessings we cherish, embrace the spirit of giving, and look out for one another,” and — alongside an image of the Obama family dogs — Michelle added a wish for the “coming year” to “bring us all joy and peace.” Could anyone really imagine Trump genuinely offering these messages? Great developments for the U.S. are slated for the coming year, from the wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the exit of Donald Trump from the White House.
Check out the Obamas’ messages below:
This Christmas looks different for all of us. As we spend time with those we love—in person or virtually—let us celebrate the blessings we cherish, embrace the spirit of giving, and look out for one another. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/rhKouyDrI9
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 25, 2020
Wishing you light, love, and wonder during this holiday season. May the coming year bring us all joy and peace. pic.twitter.com/TGmypcJVPC
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 25, 2020
Recently, polling emerged from USA Today and Suffolk University indicating that, shortly before his exit from office, Obama was markedly more popular among Americans than Trump is at present. In new USA Today/ Suffolk University polling, a full 50 percent of respondents indicated that they believe that history will regard Trump as a “failed” president. In similar polling conducted shortly before Obama’s exit from office, only 23 percent of respondents offered the same estimation of the then-outgoing president. The portion of respondents who think Trump is “failed” is more than twice as high as the portion who said the same of Obama before he exited the presidency.
President-elect Joe Biden’s imminent inauguration will provide the United States with a chance to begin to move on from the chaos of the Trump era. Biden has already announced top picks for a slew of federal positions — and notably, this list does not include any glaringly inexperienced presidential family members, unlike the current president’s team.
Check out Twitter’s response to the Obamas below: