A Stark Contrast …

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!

Trump-phone2Not 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 …Obama-ThanksgivingBarack, 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!

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26 thoughts on “A Stark Contrast …

  1. Who’s Donald Trump?
    We should forget his name. Wipe him from memory. Ignore his presence, his words, everything. He should be invisible.
    The king has no clothes. Wake up America… Before he does you great harm. Block your ears, cover your eyes and do not speak about him!

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    • Sigh … unfortunately, ignoring the monster will not make him go away. His words and actions need to be on display, in hopes that eventually the blind & deaf minions will awaken and help hold him accountable for his deeds. If we bury our heads in the sand, then he is free to do whatever he wishes and by the time we pull our heads out and look around, there may be nothing left. I agree that he is given far too much media attention, with his every tweet being reported, analyzed and taking precedence over most else. But we cannot afford to ignore him, either. There is balance somewhere … we only need to find it.

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        • Perhaps, if EVERYONE actually did ignore him, but we both know that won’t happen. The press cannot ignore him, partly because of what I mentioned earlier, and partly because he drives their profits to a large extent. And … he is an entertainer … he knows how to get attention, like tonight when he proclaimed himself to be of superior intelligence. My blood boiled, rage would not be contained, and I did what I try so hard not to do, tweeted him a death wish! Sigh. We are all turning violent in this country!!!

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  2. Amen, Jill. It is a certainty that Trump will continue to behave badly going into 2020 and keep the Resistance energized. I pray that the Dems select a nominee who will be able to blow Trump out of the White House and then set about restoring national unity and good international relations.

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    • You and I share the same hopes, my friend. It’s going to take a lot, though. Right now, Beto O’Rourke is looking like a top candidate, but … he has a bit of baggage, and more importantly, the democratic party needs to get their act together. They still seem to be sitting on their patooties wondering what happened in 2016, and I see no cohesion, no strong support for any candidate. Time for them to dust themselves off and get busy! This may be our last chance to remain in the free world. Hugs to you and Anne!

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    • I suspect that it will, in fact, get worse before it gets better, and sadly, I don’t think that removing Trump from office will be the end of our troubles, for there was/is a certain mentality that put him in office, and that isn’t going away any time soon, I fear. But, eventually you’re right, that “this too shall pass” … just not likely in my lifetime, i think.

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  3. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow. Needless to say, this does not describe the current president…although the credit that he is taking is dubious at best and self blame is an alien concept. Donald Trump is not a good leader of anything, other than his own fan club. It boggles the mind how this man can take Thanksgiving Day and make it all about his own delusional accomplishments. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican President, said : “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity.” Barack Obama is the embodiment of those words. Our country sorely needs another Barack Obama. Thank-you!

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    • Agreed, but then we both knew even before his inauguration that he was not a good leader, never would be. His statement about how he was thankful for … himself!!! … blew my mind, and literally sent me into a rage. I started a post, wrote 6,000 words before finally giving up and going to bed. I trashed the entire piece, for it was a disjointed rant, but I suppose it helped to put it into words, get it out of my system. Sigh. We surely do need another Obama … heck, at this point I’d even settle for another Bush! Right now, Beto is looking like the most likely candidate to beat Trump in 2020, but he has obstacles to overcome, and the DNC needs to get off their sorry patooties and start pulling together!

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  4. Dear Jill,

    Talk about night and day. President Trump is in withdrawal with peoples approving everything that he does that he makes calls and then turns the conversation around about how wonderful he is. I wish the media wouldn’t give him so much coverage but he is good for ratings.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I agree with you … but it is we who control what the media does. When we stop hanging on every word they publish about Trump, when we tune out, stop subscribing, when we tell them to cease over-reporting his antics, then and only then will they stop. But far too many live for his every word. Sigh.
      Hugs!!!

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  5. Jill, your contrast between the last two Presidents speaks volumes. I feel the latter’s policies are mostly in the wrong direction, but even if I did not, his lack of character highlighted by his lying, bullying and demeaning make him a poor example not just for a leader, but for any adult. He epitomizes what a child should not do. Keith

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    • In comparison with any post WWII president, Trump will be the lesser man. But, given the dignity of Obama, the quiet grace, and the lack of ANY scandal in his presidency, the contrast is jaw-dropping! Too often he reminds me of a 5-year-old, and I have to remind myself that he is not a child, and his actions cannot simply be written off as childish behaviour. He must, sooner or later, be held accountable. Sooner would be good.

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  6. So “thankful” for himself? Look closely at the photographs and (lack of) coverage of the Tramp’s visit to France on November 11th. No-one (with one exception) talked to him. No-one. All the 60 heads of state ignored him. Has that ever been seen before? A president of the US at a major head of state gathering, and no-one rushed to have a brief word? Exception(s). Putin chitchatted with him. Okay.
    Then the heads of the Baltic states approached him as they are concerned about the Russian threat. He scolded them for their awful behaviour during the war in Yugoslavia. Baltic = Balkans right?
    A final word: why do journalists keep interviewing him? Ignore him…
    (Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.)

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    • I did notice the lack of coverage, apart from pointing out that he was afraid to get wet and therefore stayed in his hotel room rather than pay tribute to the WWI soldiers. And I was glad that he was not made the center of attention, for that is what he loves. I was also pleased to see that Macron didn’t pander to him as he has at times in the past. You make a good point about the attention the media gives him, the interviews, etc. And it is one that we have all asked. After the election, most of the major media outlets admitted that they had been in error to give him so much air time, for it was free advertising. Even negative attention is still attention. But, did they change their ways? No, not really. Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ There is an old saying in the press “If it bleeds, it leads”. People love a good trainwreck, and advertisers pay the networks, the newspapers, based on how many they are selling, how many viewers, etc. The real culprit here is us … we need to start tuning out when Trump comes on! Yes, I had a lovely Thanksgiving, and now I have a refrigerator full of leftovers! Thanks!

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  7. You forgot to mention the DisJointed Thumbs that still don’t know how to spell the word “truth,” believing it to be l-i-e-s. The so-called man can only toot his own horn (because no one else will do it for him!)

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    • Hah! My original draft for this post mentioned that and so much more, including alcohol sales, suicide rates, NAFTA, MBS, Putin, the Paris Accords, Queen Elizabeth, Colin Kaepernick … well, you get the picture. When I read that he was thankful for himself, I was like an old cartoon where the top of my head opened and smoke started rolling out. I was furious and fingers started flying over the keyboard. It was only when I realized I was up to 6,000 words that I stopped, went to bed and came back to it this morning. I try to keep all my posts between 800-1200 words … 6,000 is a bit beyond that. This morning I looked at it, deleted the whole thing and started over. 😉 I have now worn off the letters “N”, “I”, and “O” on my keyboard. 😀

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      • I wish you had not deleted that essay, I’m betting most of your readers would have loved it. 800 to 1200 words is a good guideline, but there are times you need to lose control and just go for it. Leave it to us to decide how much we want to read. Please!
        (What was MBS, I don’t recognise that one?)

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        • Most people zone out if a piece is too long, and either just stop reading, or stop paying attention. Plus, I try to keep my rants … um … civil? Even though it’s a rant, there are some boundaries … at least for me.

          MBS … Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

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          • Ahhh, Donnie’s partner-in-crime. I wasn’t thinking in that direction.
            Yes, you maintain a very civilized facade. I want to see the real you, the one who let’s it all hang out. Next time you work that hard and still want to delete it, please email me a copy of it first.

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            • I will do that! A lot of times I just let my fingers fly, knowing that I won’t publish it, but using it as a catharsis to rid myself of a certain angst so that I can then sit down and write a sensible piece. Rather like writing a letter to a boyfriend/girlfriend just to get things off one’s chest, knowing it will never be sent.

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  8. Mr Obama carried himself with a quiet dignity that Trump is incapable of.He obviously cared about the people of the USA by trying to get a workable Health Service in place where the levels of Insurance were making it impossible for many people to get cover. He was prevented from doing much good by the blocks the Republicans always put in front of him which showed that thwarting him was more important than helping the people. Since Trump has come to power they’ve carried on in the same vein with no beneficial legislation. It’s time you seriously asked yourselves why, and move to remove all those who prefer to look after their own finances rather than the Country’s.
    Cwtch

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    • Yes, it’s funny, isn’t it, that they blocked every sensible thing Obama wanted to do, including his very moderate choice for the Supreme Court vacancy left when Scalia died, but now those very same ones are rubber-stamping Trump’s every heinous whim, including a liar and a pervert for that same Supreme Court seat. Oh, my head!!! I hope the GOP burns, falls apart and ceases to exist! Then perhaps we can once again become a nation “of the people, by the people and for the people” … ALL the people, not just those with 9-digit investment portfolios!
      Cwtch

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