A Reminder Of Presidential Empathy

Former President George W. Bush strikes a beautiful balance and tone of what the word ‘united’ can mean to the nation.

I especially was struck by his statement, “Let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential powerful tools of national recovery.”

Empathy. Kindness.

I don’t need to elaborate. You know what I would write next.

I wasn’t a fan of George W. Bush. Not his politics or policy. I’m sure some readers will be surprised I post this.

But despite my disagreements with much of his administration, I am able to recognize that in this message, I find comfort.

Moments like this (or Barack Obama’s a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a funeral service for victims of a mass shooting) remind me of an important, vital role our leaders can play at times of turmoil.

Just watch. It’s not about GWB but having an uplifting minute or two to remind us who we are.

Trump Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ In Photo With Infant Orphaned In El Paso Shooting???

Donald and Melania Trump (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

When none of the eight hospitalized shooting victims in El Paso, Texas, agreed to meet with Donald Trump during his visit, the White House asked that a tiny infant who had already been sent home be brought to the hospital for photo opp with the president and First Lady.

Reporters were told they couldn’t trail the president during his visit at the hospital because the White House didn’t want the trip to be about photo opps.

And then Trump and Melania posed for this photo – what in the hell is there a thumbs up for??? – and the photo was posted to the White House Flickr account. The First Lady tweeted the images as well.

Baby Paul is the child of Jordan and Andre Anchondo who were among the 22 people killed in a mass shooting Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso.

Doctors told reporters he appeared to “lack empathy”, while he was filmed bragging to medical staff – who have spent the week dealing with the aftermath of the massacre – about the size of a rally he had previously held there.

Trump Lament’s Loss Of Midterm ‘Momentum’ After Pipe Bombs & Synagogue Shooting

Campaign trail last night, Donald Trump complained that the recent pipe bomb scare and the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue slowed momentum for the Republicans which he described as "incredible."
Donald Trump laments loss of midterm momentum after 11 people were killed

On the campaign trail last night, Donald Trump complained that the recent pipe bomb scare and the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue slowed momentum for the Republicans which he described as “incredible.”

From The Washington Post:

President Trump complained, once again, on Thursday that the recent mail bomb scare and Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting had “stopped a tremendous momentum” for Republicans ahead of next week’s midterms.

Speaking to an energized crowd in an airplane hangar decorated with American flags in Columbia, Mo., the president took time at the end of his speech to brag about the “tremendous numbers” of Republicans going to vote. Yet, he said that the weeks leading up to the “very important election” haven’t exactly gone smoothly.

“Now, we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections,” Trump said. “It stopped a tremendous momentum.”

After two former presidents were threatened with bombs and 11 people lost their lives, the Trumpster’s concern is Republican momentum?

It really says it all, doesn’t it?