Barack Obama vs Donald Trump: Comparing the Candidates

Barack Obama vs Donald Trump: Comparing the Candidates

After watching Donald Trump’s inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope in America than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama’s address from 2009?

President Donald Trump boasted his inauguration would have an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.” – however aerial shots of the National Mall from president Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Donald Trump’s inauguration shows a different story.

In their speeches – both thanked the previous Presidents, with Trump calling the Obamas “magnificent”, and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there.

Here is what each of them said:

Jobs in the Country

Obama: “The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift. And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We’ll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”

Trump: “For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.”
Is it safe to say that Obama had a plan for growth, while Trump just wants to blame the rest of the world…?

Global Warming

Obama: “With old friends and former foes, we’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.”

Trump: N/A

Let’s just say the climate change section of the White House website no longer exists since Trump took over and became president.

The Middle East

Obama: “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

Trump: “We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.”


Obama: “This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. “

Trump: “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

On “Greatness”

Obama: “In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.”

Trump: “America will start winning again, winning like never before.”

Bye Bye Barack

The end of an era has come as Barack Obama left President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a helicopter.
The former President and his wife Michelle left the White House for the last time on Friday, January 20th.
The Obama family headed to Andrews Air Force Base, where the former president gave a moving thank you speech to staff, telling them they had “proved the power of hope” by believing in him when he became the president back in 2008.
“It wasn’t blind optimism that drove you to do all this work, it wasn’t naivety, it wasn’t willful ignorance to all the challenges that America faces, it was hope, hope in the face of uncertainty. You proved the power of hope. This has never been about us, it has always been about you,” said Obama.
The Obama family flew to California for a “much needed” break as the new President takes to the White House.