Obama Moves To Heal Post-Trump America With Message Of Unity

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On Friday — the first day of the new year — outgoing President Donald Trump retweeted a cultish message from one of his supporters, who insisted that the “cavalry” would show up in Washington, D.C., on January 6, when Congress is scheduled to meet and certify the results of the electoral college. In stark contrast, on Friday, former President Barack Obama shared a message of hope for the new year, writing on Twitter about “optimism for what’s to come and a belief that our best days are still ahead.”

Obama commented as follows:

‘After a year that has tested us in unimaginable ways, we’ve seen how people from all walks of life have stepped up to create change to make things better. Here’s to ringing in 2021 with optimism for what’s to come and a belief that our best days are still ahead. Happy New Year!’

The former president also shared a link to a story from The Washington Post about prisoners in California who banded together to fund tuition for a local high school student, poignantly adding the following:

‘And here’s a story that reminds us of the power of fresh starts, community, and the good that’s in all of us, across the country and around the world.’

Before the year’s first month is over, President-elect Joe Biden will officially become the next president of the United States. In the meantime, Election Day in two ongoing Senate races in Georgia arrives on January 5, when voters who haven’t participated in early voting will turn out to the polls and make their voices heard in contests that will determine control of the Senate. If Democrats win both races, then the chamber will be 50-50, but Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be tasked with breaking ties, handing Democrats control of the Senate. Former President Obama has recorded messages for ads on behalf of both Democratic Senate candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

In a recently released ad for Ossoff, Obama said as follows:

‘Now, America is counting on [Georgians] again. You can send Jon Ossoff to the Senate to beat this virus and rebuild our economy, to make sure everybody can afford health care, to carry the torch John Lewis passed to us with a new Voting Rights Act that secures equal justice for all. Georgia, you have the power. And now it’s time to vote.’

Check out Twitter’s response to Obama’s New Years Day message below:

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