The assertive speech President Donald Trump delivered to dozens of leaders from Muslim nations Sunday at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia was poles apart from the one former President Barack Obama delivered eight years ago in his first speech to the Muslim world.
Perhaps the most dramatic difference lay in how the two chose to end their respective speeches. As seen in a transcript of Obama’s address available at The New York Times, he concluded by calling for world peace.
“The people of the world can live together in peace,” he said. “We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.”
Obama’s final words reeked of the same “Kumbaya” utopianism that he spent the remainder of his term in office unsuccessfully trying to implement both here and abroad.
Trump’s conclusion, on the other hand, resonated with strength and — more importantly — American patriotism.
“I ask you to join me, to join together, to work together, and to FIGHT together — BECAUSE UNITED, WE WILL NOT FAIL,” he said, according to a verbatim White House transcript. “Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless Your Countries. And God Bless the United States of America.”
Can you for one moment imagine Obama ever saying something so patriotic, particularly in front of dozens of Muslim leaders?
It would never happen. Even in his domestic speeches, the former president invariably displayed an easily discernible distaste for America and its people.
This isn’t to say that Obama necessarily hated America, as some have claimed. It was rather that he was never happy with it — he always felt it could be better, as in less racist, less bigoted, less this, less that. In his estimate, the United States of America was never great.
In Trump’s view, Obama was dead wrong. America had once been great, but because of Obama’s horrible agenda, it wasn’t anymore — ergo why it was time to “Make America Great Again” by promoting an economically friendly agenda at home and also reminding the rest of the world that the U.S.A. is back, Jack.
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