Donald Trump is spending his Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate. However, rather than spending a nice, quiet weekend with his rather macabre family, he spent the day on Thursday doing his usual routine of criticizing people, places and things, while patting himself on the back. Only this time he crossed a line. During a series of phone calls with members of both the military and the media on Thanksgiving Day (what, does he think these people got nothing better to do with their holiday than listen to his mindless ramblings???), he was asked by a reporter what he is most thankful for. His answer?
“I made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you won’t believe it.”
He is thankful … for himself??? To be sure, he has made a difference, but not one that he should be either proud of or thankful for. He has, in two short years, taken us about 25% of the way down a path toward becoming a friendless, third-world nation where violence and bigotry in all their ugly forms run rampant. The difference he has made in this country is not a positive one, either on an international, national or personal level. If asked the question: ‘Are you better off today than you were two years ago?’, most would have to respond with a resounding NO!
Not content to stop there, he kept talking …
“And I mean, you see it, but so much stronger that people can’t even believe it. When I see foreign leaders, they say we cannot believe the difference in strength between the United States now and the United States two years ago. Made a lot of progress.”
By ‘foreign leaders’, he is referring to the likes of Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman, not the leaders of democratic nations. The remainder of the phone call was dedicated to Trump attacking … attacking anything and everything he could think of to attack: judges, Mexico, military technology, and people seeking asylum. Same ol’, same ol’, and it doesn’t even bear repeating.
But let’s take a look at what the last real president we had was doing on Thanksgiving …Barack, Michelle and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at the Greater Chicago Food Depository helping serve Thanksgiving dinner to people in need, as they have done nearly every year: In 2015, the Obamas helped feed military veterans at Friendship Place; in 2014, they were at Bread for the City; in 2011, they went to the Capital Area Food Bank; in 2009 and 2010, they chipped in at Martha’s Table. Not golfing or feasting at some high-end country club, not spewing hate and venom, but simply volunteering their time for the benefit of others. While Trump was tooting his horn about the ‘difference’ he had made, the Obamas were actually making a difference.
And what was Obama thankful for this year?
“I am grateful for the next generation of leaders—the young people who are tolerant, creative, idealistic and doing the work to create the world as it should be. Who understand that hope requires action. From the Obama family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”
Oh, how I long to have our real president back!