Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President Obama chimes in & manages to sound presidential

Anyone remember Barack Obama?

He used to be president.

Yes, he was an American citizen, though we might want to check with the current inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just to be sure. You never know. That guy seems to change his mind on things every 24 hours.

Obama passed legislation setting up a national health care program. It now bears his name, and has driven Republicans crazy for seven years in their efforts to repeal and replace it. They failed to do so.

Obama has not gone away, it just seems like years - not months - since he was president.

It seems even longer that anything emanating out of Washington, D.C., seemed presidential.

On Saturday, after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., the former president did something that his successor has become somewhat adept at - he took to Twitter to post his thoughts.

This is what he posted:

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion ... People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love ... For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite," he said, quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela.

That message was retweeted 1.2 million times and liked 3 million times as of this morning, in the process becoming the most liked Tweet of all time. Wonder how that will sit with President Trump.

I'm guessing probably about as well as the evidence that the crowd in Washington for the Trump inaugural was smaller than those who arrived to see Obama sworn in as the nation's first African-American president.

More than anything else, the Tweet from President Obama seemed eminently presidential.

How refreshing.

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