Full re­spect to the Oba­mas

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Voice - White House

UNITED STATES PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump must be wish­ing and hop­ing that 2019 will be a bet­ter year for him and his pres­i­dency.

He has spent al­most the en­tire pe­riod since tak­ing up of­fice in

2017 try­ing to sys­tem­at­i­cally erase every­thing that his pre­de­ces­sor

Barack Obama achieved.

It seems as if Trump and many of his base de­spise the idea of a black man hav­ing been a very suc­cess­ful pres­i­dent.

Trump’s at­tempts at dis­man­tling the Obama era have been clear, be it af­ford­able health care, pro­tec­tion of the “dream­ers”, the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord or the Iran nu­clear deal. Thank­fully, things aren’t work­ing for Trump.

His ad­min­is­tra­tion has been be­set by con­tro­ver­sies and scan­dals. Per­haps one of the most dis­tress­ing things has been the rise of racial ha­tred in­spired by the right-wing na­tion­al­ists who form his bedrock sup­port.

Un­der Obama there was great re­spect for Amer­ica and he was wel­comed and praised, whether in Lon­don or Toronto, Mu­nich or Ha­vana. Un­der Trump, there has been protest on ev­ery con­ti­nent against him per­son­ally and his poli­cies.

What must have Trump hurt­ing is to see that the polls have found Barack and Michelle Obama to be the most ad­mired man and woman in the United States, and in­deed that na­tion’s top power cou­ple. The Oba­mas have shown that there’s life af­ter the

with a high level of re­spect and de­cency.

Wow. The Oba­mas have been ex­cel­lent role mod­els.

(FP)

MIN­IS­TER OF EN­ERGY and Wa­ter Re­sources Wil­fred Abra­hams.

(FPS)

PRES­I­DENT DON­ALD TRUMP (right) has been try­ing to erase the legacy of Barack Obama (left) and wife Michelle.

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