While Barack Obama and Donald Trump may not agree on a lot, the president and president-elect sounded exactly alike in their Thanksgiving Day messages. Both stressed the need for ‘unity,’ with the Barack reminding America that ‘out of many, we are one.’ Click to watch.
It really is how eerie how Barack, 55, and Donald, 70, said practically the same thing in their Thanksgiving addresses on Nov. 24. “As a country, we’ve just emerged from a noisy, passionate, and sometimes divisive campaign season,” said the president during his weekly address, the last one given on the November holiday. As for the president-elect, Donald said, “We’ve just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions don’t just heal overnight. It doesn’t go quickly – unfortunately.”
Both presidents invoked the name of Abraham Lincoln in their messages, with Barack noting that Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday so that “the nation’s gifts ‘should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.’” Trump, when quoting Lincoln, mentioned the call for Americans to “’speak with one voice and one heart.’ That’s just what we have to do.”
It appears both men acknowledge that the country has been split apart by the Nov. 8 election. With Donald’s victory over Hillary Clinton, 69, and his appointment of controversial politicians causing protest after protest, both the 44th and 45th president asked citizens to put aside their differences and work together for future for all.
“It’s my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions, and move forward as one country, strengthened by shared purpose and very, very, common resolve,” Donald said, almost echoing the “unity” theme presented by President Obama. “It’s about our capacity to live up to the creed as old as our founding: “E Pluribus Unum” – that out of many, we are one.”
President Obama ended his final Thanksgiving address by saying U.S. citizens will “keep building a future where all of our children know the promise of America.” Trump, in closing, gave a similarly statement. “When America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach – and I mean absolutely nothing.”
What do you think about Barack and Donald sounding almost alike in their Thanksgiving Day messages, HollywoodLifers? Is it eerie or no big deal?