5 Times During The Trump Administration When Obama Was A Better Leader
This list will make it feel like he never really left.
There is undoubtedly a long list of things that former President Obama does better than President Trump. Being constantly reminded of his shortcomings has seemingly gotten under Trump's skin, with thousands taking to the president's favorite social media app, Twitter, to use hashtags, like #ObamaWasBetterAt.
If you wanted to join in on the fun or just take a trip down memory lane, here's a list of 5 occasions during the Trump administration where President Obama showed his leadership prowess better than 45.
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1. The Mass Shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas August 2019.
In what was possibly Trump's best response to anything that will make it onto the list, he actually called out white supremacy and bigotry in a speech following the August 3rd tragedies. Unsurprisingly, he also named the wrong city in his remarks, asking for God to bless the memory of those who "perished in Toledo," when the shooting happened in Dayton — about 150 miles away.
Unfortunately for the president, this makes the list because the 44th holder of the office came out and did an even better job, calling for Americans to resist words of hatred and racism no matter where they originate from, even if they are from our leaders.
2. The White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina in August 2017.
Following the 2017 gathering of white nationalists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, which sparked counter-protests that left one woman dead, President Trump came out with a statement that spoke highly of the participating Nazis in an attempt to turn the spotlight on the "very bad" protestors on the other side.
Obama, on the other hand, sent out a tweet that quoted Nelson Mandela, which became the most-liked tweet of all time.
During the World Cup, or any large sporting event in which athletes represent their country on a world stage, the president's job is simple: cheer for everyone who is American. President Trump couldn't pull that off after soccer star Megan Rapinoe announced that if they won, the team would not be attending any White House celebrations. Athletes' refusal to attend a White House championship celebration has quickly become a tradition during the Trump administration, with championship teams from many of America's major sports declining to attend the events.
....in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019
While Trump couldn't help but lash out against the American players, Obama played it cool, waiting for their victory and tweeting a simple congratulations as a president should.
While the state of California was being devastated by three separate wildfires in 2018 — the Camp fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California — President Trump spoke out, blaming the fires on forest management.
Trump's response was a shock to many, who couldn't fathom what he could have meant with his reasoning. He even roped Finland into his baseless response by claiming that the country's forest management team rakes the forest floor as a way to avoid fires, essentially blaming the massive fires on the government and residents of California.
42 people have died in California and hundreds missing from the worst wild fires in the state’s history and Donald Trump took the side of the fires. Despicable.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 13, 2018
While all of that was going on, Obama tweeted a link to a New York Times article advising concerned citizens on what steps to take to make sure they are not scammed or taken advantage of when attempting to donate.
Michelle and I are heartbroken for everybody who’s lost so much in California, and grateful for the heroism of the firefighters who’ve been risking their lives around the clock to save others. Please do what you can to help our fellow Americans in need: https://t.co/13rm1D6Rwk— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 12, 2018
5. Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
Following the first storm, Hurricane Harvey, in August 2017, which dumped torrential rain and flooded many parts of the city of Houston, President Obama came together with the other living former presidents at the time — Carter, H.W. Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush — to raise money for those affected by the storm, which tied Katrina for the costliest hurricane of all time. When Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017, efforts were expanded to help in that circumstance, as well.
However, after the two storms, President Trump praised the Coast Guard and claimed that many Texans needed to be saved because they "went out in their boats to watch the hurricane."
He also tossed paper towels at an awaiting crowd following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
This could go on forever because practically every big moment of the Trump administration has been met with Obama showing better leadership than President Trump. At least we don't have to worry about the next president being worse at leadership than 45; it's virtually impossible.