The stark difference between Barack Obama’s tribute to Aretha—and a f-king a–hole’s tribute

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Hoping I’m not offending too many people with my title. The anger steams sometimes when I see/hear/read what this self-serving, egotistical, illegitimate so-called president has to say on just about anything on any day. But today’s insincere condolences to Aretha Franklin, on the morning of her passing, seems to sting in a different way.

First, here is former President Barack Obama’s tribute to Aretha Franklin, via Twitter. Not like we need any reminder, this is what a real presidential tribute looks like.


Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. — Barack Obama

Here is Trump’s so-called “tribute,” on video, to millions via “fake news,” aka “the enemy of the people” (unless it serves him). It’s shameful how ABC News chose to excerpt the “normal” segment of Trump’s statement, rather than the real part.

Here’s the part that ABC News glossed over:

I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific, Aretha Franklin on her passing…want to pass on my warmest wishes.

“She worked for me.”  I’d say WTF, but there is nothing new about this despicable man making everything all about him and what a big man he thinks he is. Only a little man has to prove it every single day. Trump continues to embarrass this country. May the world come to see the majority of the American people are not “with” him.

We apologize to you for him, Aretha. The world will always greatly love and R-E-S-P-E-C-T you. May you rest in power and eternal peace.

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Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf

(Hoping I’m not offending too many people with my title.)
I’m hoping you do, just the right ones! He IS a fucking asshole, what’s that old playground saying? sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me? this buffoon is a child like moron who uses name calling to try to hurt and/or humiliate other people, THAT’S the POTUS huh?

Katrina Stirn
Katrina Stirn

Excellent point. I immediately noticed, once again, that Trump needs to insert himself into everything to bring attention to himself. Who cares if she worked for him? His “tribute” to this amazing woman fell short, again.
It is at a time like this, along with many others, that I miss Obama. I miss his elegance and class and his ability to really speak to the people. Trump can only read words off of a script that, most likely, was written by someone else. Real class.

I had the misfortune of passing the TV when he gave his obligatory pretend to care speech. I was hoping that just this once he’d be …well, you know. Anyway I heard him say she worked for ME, ME ME ME ME ME is all I heard, my head exploded & I didn’t hear another word he said. What a fabulous woman. What a huge loss to our nation. Tributes are so moving. When the impostor president goes, as a vilified criminal, there will be no loss, no tributes. Who cares. Good riddance. The Obama family represents decency, morals &… Read more »