Trump’s note for the Holocaust Memorial vs. Obama’s
President Donald Trump paid a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, where he composed an upbeat and strangely optimistic note in the memorial’s guestbook.
“IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS — SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET!” Trump wrote in all caps.
Yes, he basically brought a happy birthday card to a funeral.
To make matters worse, some pointed out that the “never forget” part looks like it was added after the original message. The handwriting looks slightly different, and it’s not centered like the rest of the message.
As the Washington Post points out, Trump was only able to spend 30 minutes at the memorial, so it’s possible that the shortness of Trump’s note may have been due to a time crunch. Still, the manner of the note is tone deaf at the least, and possibly offensive to the millions who died during the Holocaust.
Predictably, many compared Trump’s note to the note Obama left when he visited the site as a senator running for president in 2008.
Here’s the full text from Obama’s 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.”
The internet was quick to point out the differences between the two notes, dragging Trump through the mud in the process.
Trump treated a state visit to Israel’s Holocaust memorial like he’s on a trip with his high school class.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 23, 2017
George W. Bush also left a short note, his simply said, “God Bless Israel.”
Hillary Clinton visited the memorial in 2009 when she was Secretary of State. Here’s the note she left.