Few are as effective at calling out President Trump’s absurd behavior as President Obama’s official White House photographer, Pete Souza.
Thanks to Souza, each of Trump’s most egregious tantrums, self-enriching power grabs, and acts of cruelty is contrasted by an image of Obama showing impeccable class in a similar situation.
Today is no different. As Trump gloated and bragged about this step in stripping health coverage and protections from millions of Americans, Souza posted on Instagram a photo of Obama after his life-saving healthcare law cleared its final Congressional hurdle. (This is not exactly a parallel as Trumpcare is still a long way from full Congressional approval.)
The photo shows Obama in his private study reading heartfelt messages of thanks from Americans who would benefit from his legislation:
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12:09 a.m. March 22, 2010. Treaty Room in the private residence. 80 minutes after Congress had passed the Affordable Care Act. The President was reading text messages on his Blackberry while waiting to make thank you calls. Someone had sent a message that ended with "your mother would be so proud." (His mother had died from ovarian cancer. She had spent her last days worrying whether insurance was going to cover some of the medical expenses because they might consider her cancer a pre-existing condition.)
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Even at times when we disagreed with Obama, it was clear that he always had the welfare of the American people at the forefront of his mind. This provides a sharp contrast to today’s victory lap from a president who achieved nothing on healthcare except a step in his efforts to make America sick again.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com