Captain America even reminds Coates of our former POTUS, Barack Obama.
As we hit the one year mark of Trump's four-year term as President of the United States, it's hard to not look back at what we lost (namely, the icon known as Barack Obama) and the burden we've gained in our Cheeto-hued POTUS Trump. And while it's easy to see the differences between the two (for example, one is a caring, compassionate man and an eloquent speaker, and the other is Trump), the contrast between these American leaders is most evident on Twitter. Despite the official @POTUS account having almost 22 million followers, Trump would much rather fire off fuckery every morning via his @realDonaldTrump account, which is sitting at almost 47 million(!) followers.
It'd be dope if Trump exercised some tact while tweeting, or, at the very least, didn't sound like an upset baby whenever someone talked shit, failed to vote the way he wanted or kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. Trump's vitriol is very un-presidential, and while his supporters rejoiced in the idea that his win meant that they elected a man who could truly shake up the current political system, dude's got us out here looking ridiculous on the regular.
We know how it works, though: you can't just SAY that Trump's tweets make him look insane compared to Obama's. You have to SHOW the people exactly how his antics have him (and, as a result, the United States) looking foolish. So, why don't we do just that?
The first instance isn't so obvious. During Thanksgiving, both Trump and Obama took to Twitter to share their feels about the holiday. Trump dropped an almost four-minute video, which he begins by saying “Melania and I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.” Melania was nowhere to be seen during the clip, which covered everything from Americans rejoicing to members of the Armed Forces who wouldn't be home for the holidays. Trump's lack of emotion managed to make all of his words feel hollow and inauthentic.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! pic.twitter.com/nQhi7XopMW
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2017
Now take Obama's 2017 Thanksgiving tweet, which was simple and to the point. A picture of Barack, his wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha was paired with a short, sweet, and to the point caption: “From the Obama family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of joy and gratitude.”
From the Obama family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving full of joy and gratitude. pic.twitter.com/xAvSQwjQkz
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 23, 2017
That Obama can show more compassion in a still image than Trump did in a video shouldn't be surprising.
About a month later, on New Year's Eve, we get to see the hate in Trump's heart on full display. During a time where people are coming together, singing songs that speak to drinking with friends and letting go of “days gone by,” Trump's busy throwing shade to “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media.”
As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year. 2018 will be a great year for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
That mirrored his 2016 NYE tweet, where he again called out his “enemies.”
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Compare that to Obama's NYE 2017 tweet, which spoke to reflecting and preparing for 2018. Obama made sure to point out that, even though there's been a LOT of bad news in 2017, “there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America.”
As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 2017
Obama then went on threading stories of inspiration! And that's the key—Trump's Twitter reveals that he is far more concerned with throwing shots at his enemies than being a positive influence on people. He said so himself on December 30, 2017.
I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
The problem is, even if Trump claims his Twitter usage is “modern day presidential,” Obama's owning him on the social platform. While Obama tweets his long-standing message of hope, Trump's tirades are fueled by hate. Trump won the presidency
with the help of Russia by tweeting to those who felt neglected in the years that Obama was in office. While that fire and brimstone performance may have won him an election, his continued use (abuse?) of the platform doesn't feel presidential at all.
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Her legs were made for walking, and that’s just what the humanoid robot Sophia plans on doing. The Hanson Robotics invention named Sophia, which (or is it “who”?) debuted in 2016, now has legs created by robotics company DRC-HUBO. According to CNET, Sophia can now walk at 0.6 miles per hour, compared to the human average of 3.1 miles per hour.
Before being able to walk, Sophia found many other ways to integrate herself into our human world. The robot has appeared on several talk shows and was featured on the cover of Elle Brazil last year. Though we can still outrun Sophia, the robot has a Twitter, which our POTUS has proven time and time again is way more powerful than being able to walk quickly. She also dressed up as a Jedi for the latest Star Wars film, which is fascinating considering her creators still can't seem to find her a wig.
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Donald Trump’s latest tweet has sparked more allegations of obstruction of justice.
On Saturday, POTUS took to the social media platform to defend Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” the president tweeted. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
Many politicians and political commentators said they believe this single tweet was an admission to obstruction of justice. You see: Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser back in February; Trump’s most recent tweet implies he was aware the general had lied to federal authorities in the month prior. So if Trump knew about Flynn’s crime, why would he allegedly ask former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn shortly after he was ousted? During a testimony back in June, Comey told Congress the president asked him to consider “letting Flynn go.”
Trump fired Comey in May.
As he was departing from the White House on Saturday morning, several reporters asked Trump about his thoughts on Flynn’s recent guilty plea. The president suggested he was not worried, and instead focused on the passing of the GOP tax bill.
“No, I’m not. And what has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump said. “There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re very happy, and frankly last night was one of the big nights.”
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Shady’s back. And he has more words for Donald Trump.
During this year's BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem returned to the highly-anticipated cypher showcase, where he unleashed a 4-minute freestyle that took aim at POTUS. The NFL protests, hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, and the border wall were just some of the topics Em touched on.
“But we better give Obama props, ’cause what we got in office now is a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust/And while the drama pops, and he waits for shit to quiet down/He’ll just gas his plane up and fly around until the bombing stops,” Eminem rapped. “Intensity’s heightened, tensions are rising/Trump, when it comes to giving a shit, you’re as stingy as I am/Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em/’Cause you don't got the fuckin’ nuts, like an empty asylum.”
He also had a message for his fans who also supported Trump:
“Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line: You’re either for or against/And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: Fuck you.”
Additionally, Eminem put a fist in the air at one point and gave Colin Kaepernick a shout-out. Kaepernick acknowledged it by directing a tweet at Eminem a short time later.
You can watch the full freestyle above.
The Detroit rapper participated in the annual freestyle battle back in 2009, with Mos Def and Black Thought. He returned in 2011 for the Shady 2.0 Cypher alongside Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9”, and Joell Ortiz.
Eminem’s participation tonight has fueled rumors surrounding an upcoming project release. His long-awaited studio album has been teased since last year; however, speculation has surged within the last week after Shady Records producer Denaun Porter announced the album was officially completed. Though he later took back the statement, claiming he was simply trolling fans, HITS Daily Double reported Em’s next album will drop Nov. 17. Eminem’s camp has yet to confirm this.
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Sadly, the alleged Obama quote about Trump we're reporting on today is not, simply, “Fuck that guy.” But it's pretty close. According to People, former POTUS Barack Obama told “two friends” shortly after the election how he really felt about the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York ruiner who's currently occupying the White House.
“He's nothing but a bullshitter,” Obama reportedly told the friends last November when discussing an election night phone conversation he had with Trump. As for how Obama's views of a POTUS who can't even spell basic words correctly on Twitter have changed in the months since that alleged quote, People's sources have some clarity. “Well,” one said, “it hasn't gotten any better.”
The “bullshitter” distinction is obviously apt, especially when considering all the absolute drivel Trump has (publicly, mind you) hurled at Obama. For years, Trump attempted to discredit Obama by questioning the legitimacy of his birth certificate. Despite Obama's publication of his birth certificate in 2011, Trump continued to press the non-issue in interviews and, of course, on Twitter:
For the bullshitter-in-chief's latest delivery of bullshit, America was burdened with some early morning whining about the investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and the Trump team. This week, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel (i.e. not “councel”). Predictably, Trump responded by tweeting claims about Obama and Clinton that he didn't bother backing up with evidence:
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“Gin & Juice” makes it to the White House. Snoop Dogg performed a jazzed-up rendition of his classic party song for President Obama as part of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recently and now video footage is available. Snoop paid homage to Kennedy Center award recipient Herbie Hancock with a clean version of his hit song over US3’s “Cantaloop,” which samples Hancock’s “Cataloupe Island.”
Snoop and his entire family were giddy to visit the White House as part of the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors and the rapper took video to capture the huge moment. “I’ve got my wife, my daughter and we’re going to have a good time,” the rapper muses during the clip. “Eastside LBC to DC, my baby boo been with me the whole way through… We at the White House doing it big.”
Rappers have gotten plenty of love from the White House ever since the presidency of Barack Obama. Last year, DJ Khaled and Jay Z were shouted out by the POTUS during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “How do you like my new entrance music?” Obama asked the audience, walking in to Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.” Rush Limbaugh warned you about this – second term, baby. We’re changing things around here.”
He later took a line from Jay’s “99 Problems” and quipped, “This whole controversy about Jay Z going to Cuba, it’s unbelievable…I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay Z’s one.”