As President Donald Trump lazes his days away playing golf at Mar-a-Lago, former President Obama was busy presidenting by recognizing the anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
On March 7, 1965, protesters attempted to march across the bridge in the fight for civil rights at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, only to be met by police and brutally beaten by them for daring to challenge Jim Crow laws and segregation. John Lewis, now a congressman representing Georgia, led the march and was beaten as well.
The event is now commemorated every year at the same bridge, including this year.
But on Saturday, Trump had not even issued a tweet recognizing the anniversary and is currently on yet another excursion to Mar-a-Lago, where he will likely play golf, watch television and rage on Twitter.
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And so, a real president took the time to mark the anniversary.
55 years ago, when a group of civil rights organizers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they carried America with them. Today, let’s honor that legacy by continuing their work to protect and exercise our foundational right to vote. pic.twitter.com/zhMeTA3kFj
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 7, 2020
Obama actually marched across the bridge with Lewis and others in 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, so he knows how much it means to the original protesters and to the black community to recognize the struggle for civil rights that occurred there decades earlier.
Trump has frequently bragged about his support of the black community, only to continue palling around with white nationalists and making racist remarks.
Seeing as how America lacks a real president at the moment, we can only look to former presidents like Obama for inspiration and guidance at this time knowing that at least he will have thoughtful words to share with the nation when the need arises.
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