While Americans celebrate Labor Day and pay tribute to the American workers that this holiday celebrates, former President Barack Obama’s and current President Trump’s messages to the nation spoke volumes about their characters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2017
Happy Labor Day – longest streak of job growth ever, unemployment cut in half. That's what hardworking Americans can do. Let's keep going!
— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 5, 2016
While Trump’s tweet – which reads more as an homage to various metals than those who are handling it – is a baseless appropriation of American workers’ success, Obama’s tweet (from his last Labor Day in office in 2016) clearly points to the benefits of his policies as President.
By the time he left office, Obama could boast of 75 straight months of job growth. The unemployment rate, which reached as high as 10%, was also down to 4.7%. This is, of course, not the first time that Trump has tried to take credit for policies put in place by the Obama administration. Almost immediately after taking office, Trump touted stock market and economic feats that were still the direct result of Obama-era policies.
Stock Market hit another all-time high yesterday – despite the Russian hoax story! Also, jobs numbers are starting to look very good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2017
While Trump is quick to pat himself on the back for American workers’ successes, Americans can thank Obama for enacting policies that actually put those people to work and gave them something to celebrate this Labor Day.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.