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. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
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.
Pres. Trump on the passing of Aretha Franklin: "She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God, her voice, and she used it well." https://t.co/O7HXedLRq3 pic.twitter.com/PyQ5Uw4nRe
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2018
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.