Former President Barrack Obama and current President Donald Trump are a study in contrasts. Whether they are meeting and supporting the victims of disasters, interacting with world leaders, or simply addressing a crowd – these two Presidents are polar opposites of one another. Another way the two men differ a great deal is in their treatment of military personnel. Contempt seems to be the defining characteristic of the Obama presidency for America, her way of life and for the military personnel charged with protecting her. Like many left-of-center Americans, he knew nothing about the military and frankly was not interested in learning.
As we saw repeatedly echoed as a refrain throughout the Obama presidency with everything from the Fort Hood shooting, the VA scandal, the Bergdahl debacle, and a host of other notable examples Obama and his defenders continually oozed their contempt. Their utter tone-deafness on military issues regularly turned bad news into all-consuming nightmares. Obama went from allowing veterans to die at the VA to confusing cadets at West Point to saluting the heroism of an Army deserter, if not an outright enemy collaborator. Adding insult to injury, much of the mainstream media has little idea how to cover military issues because they share this cultural contempt. Enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are considered stupid or insane — either way, indigent victims who must be enlightened by the liberal elite.
By contrast, President Trump is a man who does not hold anything back. Often times he says what he believes needs to be said rather than opting for the more politically correct. President Trump himself did not serve choosing instead to work in corporate America. Given his lack of military knowledge, President Trump chose to surround himself with great military leaders such as Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis and General John Kelly seeking the counsel of those with greater expertise than his own. All throughout his campaign he became known for his mantra of #MAGA or Make America Great Again pushing an America First agenda that has not been seen in decades. Through his presidential campaign, President Trump was often seen wear a red hat bearing the caption “Make America Great Again” or simply “MAGA.”
— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2017