Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump Wishes Israel a 'Rad Summer' in Guestbook Note at Holocaust Memorial

SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- Touring the site of Yad Vesham, a national Holocaust memorial in Israel, is a customary stop for U.S. presidential visits. The mood is generally somber and contemplative, as reflected in the heartfelt messages left by previous heads-of-state in the guestbook. Following tradition, President Donald Trump also made an entry on the pages of this historic ledger, but in a style the Washington Post described as “strangely upbeat, self-referential and written in his signature all-caps.” Unlike his predecessor, who penned an emotional and elegant tribute, Trump seemed to have confused the record for a yearbook and wished Israel a “rad summer with bitchin waves.”

Trump Said So Much About America in So Few Words

The temperaments, approaches to governance and political ideologies of Trump and former President Obama have always run in stark contrast. The differences became glaringly apparent, once again, in the tone of the missives each committed to the enduring legacy of Yad Vesham. In 2013, Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech on tolerance and peace. Five years prior, while campaigning for president, then Sen. Obama wrote this moving note:

I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man's potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim “never again”. And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.

Trump’s odd message read like the signature in a yearbook of a classroom acquaintance -- written in various colors of crayon and riddled with misspellings.

Some of Trump’s Best Friends Are Jewish

Before departing, Mr. Trump gave a brief speech in which he mused about the struggles of Jews like his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka (who converted to the faith from the Mesopotamian Cult of Ishtar), the importance of border walls, his electoral college victory, and how beautiful and “deeply meaningful” Ivanka’s backside looked when she was crying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall during sunset. President Trump also remarked on the horrors of Nazi “Holocaust centers,” condemning Germans for tricking Jews into slaughterhouses disguised as recreational community facilities.

Yad Vashem’s chairman, the Washington Post noted, “gifted Trump an exact replica of a photo album that belonged to Ester Goldstein, a 16-year-old Holocaust victim.” Trump appeared confused and later complained that it was the “most terrible fashion magazine ever, with ugly models and awful swimsuits. Sad.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded the visit by thanking Trump for a speech that “said so much about American culture, values and education in so few words -- a profoundly revealing glimpse into the American mindset with so few thoughts.”

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