A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted January 30th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
On the very last page of the latest (February 2017) issue of Rolling Stone magazine, there is a black and white photo of now former U.S. President Barack Obama with his back turned, with the following quote from him above that photo.
The quote – an excerpt from is parting message to the American people – reads as follows; “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. … I will be right there with you as a citizen, for all of my remaining days.”
It’s a heartfelt message from this first ever (and hopefully not last) Afro-American president and many surely took it to mean that one day – but not too soon, given the grace usually granted to a new president to chart his own way without digs from the last person who held the office – he would speak out, if and when he felt he had to on matters of serious concern.
Well, here we are, less than two weeks into Trump’s presidency, and with his executive order barring refugees and others from entering the United States from seven Middle East countries triggering protests around the world and a possible Constitutional crisis in his own country, and Obama has felt the need to speak out.
And good for him!
What follows is statement, prepared by Kevin Lews, a spokesman for former President Obama –
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day. Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Lewis went on to re-circulate this quote from Obama from November of 2015 to show that he never supported a ban on Muslim immigrants, including Syrian refugees –
“When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims; when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution — that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”
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