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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Starkest possible contrast

This is how a real President of the United States marked the death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro:
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
That was the complete text of President Obama’s official statement, which was also released in Spanish.

Now, compare and contrast the presidential statement above with that of the words spewed by the orange idiot soon to occupy the White House:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.
This statement from Don was typically self-congratulatory and also aggressive and attacking in nature. Some may think he doesn’t realise he’s not campaigning any more, but it’s just another indication of how unqualified he is to be president.

A real president doesn’t use the occasion of a foreign leader to attack, but rather tries to build bridges. A real president doesn’t stick the boot to people who are mourning in order to pander to supporters in the USA. Instead, a real president would “extend a hand of friendship”, not use that hand to slap Cubans across the face.

Don is not now, and I don’t believe ever can be, a real president: ALL he can ever be the titular officeholder, because his temperament makes him unsuited to be president, and his behaviour—as demonstrated once again in this statement—shows he doesn't have the capability to act in a presidential manner.

Clearly the US Congress will have to constantly apply the brakes to keep him from doing damage to the United States. But they can’t stop him from saying his standard crass and stupid things, and obviously none of his staff can stop him, either.

It’s going to be a VERY long time, maybe even as much as four years, until he’s gone.

Still, some see a humorous way to put this. Mrs Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian™, posted the picture below, adding: “For those of you looking for a way to respond to Fidel Castro's death, here are two examples. The first is popular with humans. The second is popular with parrots.”

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