• Rhea Warren

Yesterday was President Donald Trump’s 74th birthday. Many Americans didn’t care.

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Instead of celebrating the day of birth of our nation’s president, U.S. citizens opted to elect June 14th as Obama Day.  Across social media platforms, people posted pictures and videos of former President Barack Obama in spite of Trump.  Coupled with the hashtag #AllBirthdaysMatter, social media users painted a bigger picture of the lack of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Though Trump was elected as the leader of the United States, many citizens still turn to Obama as a solace of hope.  On June 3rd, he spoke at a virtual town hall meeting and his speech provided inspiration for many that are still trying to heal from the impact of police brutality cases against African-American in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.  

I want to speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country who have witnessed too much violence and too much death, said Obama. I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter.”

While no president is perfect, Obama picks up the slack for the lack of compassion that Trump has for American citizens. During such a difficult year, people want and need the leadership of someone that cares about their health, safety, and social justice for present and future generations.

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