“Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump, and that is now and has always been trashy.” ~ Charles M. Blow of The New York Times
It’s no great secret that Trump is haunted by Barack Obama – the man and the president. Charles M. Blow of The New York Times published an opinion piece on 29 June 2017 explaining “Trump’s Obama Obsession.”
“Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams,” The Times began, adding that “One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.”
“Trump has questioned not only Obama’s birthplace but also his academic and literary pedigree. He was head cheerleader of the racial “birther” lie and also cast doubt on whether Obama attended the schools he attended or even whether he wrote his acclaimed books.”
Blow concluded that Trump is jealous of Obama; he’s like a “It’s like a 71-year-old male version of Jan from what I would call the Bratty Bunch: Obama, Obama, Obama.”
Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump, and that is now and has always been trashy. Trump accrued financial wealth, but he never accrued cultural capital, at least not among the people from whom he most wanted it.
Therefore, Trump is constantly whining about not being sufficiently applauded, commended, thanked, liked. His emotional injury is measured in his mind against Obama. How could Obama have been so celebrated while he is so reviled?
Lo and behold, Twitter released a list of the top 9 retweeted tweets of 2017; and, as CNN reported: “Former President Barack Obama has the most tweets among the top 10 most RTed, with three, while none of
President Donald Trump’s tweets made the cut.”
Obama’s tweet quoting Nelson Mandela after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left counter-protester Heather Heyer dead was retweeted more than 1.7 million times. The tweet is also the most liked tweet in Twitter history. It was sent from his personal @BarackObama account.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
Obama’s second tweet on the list is from January, thanking supporters following his farewell address. It has received more than 869,000 RTs and was sent from the official @POTUS account, which is now archived under the @POTUS44 handle after Trump took office and was given the account.
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 11, 2017
Obama’s third tweet on the list was one of his last as president. Hours before Trump took office, Obama tweeted that serving as president was “the honor of my life.” It received more than 630,000 retweets. After posting this tweet, he tweeted just three more times before leaving office.
It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 20, 2017