Michelle Obama Has The Best Advice for Living in Trump’s America
Hope was a concept that Barack Obama embraced when he ran for President of the United States in 2008. The country had suffered from eight years of Bush/Cheney, and here was a charismatic man who promised significant change and a better future.
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There were many disappointments from the Obama Administration, but there were also plenty of accomplishments that made him a beloved figure, from leading the country through the Great Recession to recognizing LGBT rights to the expanding to the U.S. healthcare system for working class Americans.
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Donald Trump’s presidency has only increased the nation’s missing of him. From the open corruption to the increased influx of wealth to the top one percent to the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, people are losing a lot of hope in the stability in the United States’ Democracy.
Speaking to former First Lady Michelle Obama, comedian and The Ellen DeGeneres Show host Ellen DeGeneres talked about how she feels the country is going down a dark path, and how it is hard for her to make people happy when the outside sociopolitical atmosphere is so tense.
Responding to DeGeneres, Obama reminded her that there is a diversity of opinions in this country, which often makes situations complicated. However, she also noted the importance of recognizing everyday acts of goodness as they display positive traits like empathy and caring, and it is from these traits that everyone can create a better, more hopeful future:
“I would just encourage your viewers, the country, to do the things we do every day: to love each other, to take care of each other, to show empathy — and you can’t do that only when people make you feel good or safe. We’ve got to do it all across the board. We have to be an open-hearted nation and that’s who we are.”
Obama also took a small jab at the Trump Administration’s attempts at creating a divide between citizens:
“So, let’s just keep living our lives like that every single day and forget what they’re saying in Washington. That’s not necessarily who we are. We know who we are.”
Michelle Obama’s words may seem obvious, but too often people give in to fear and hate as they are easier emotions to project. It is what the Republican Party and Trump rely on to win elections, and with the midterms coming up, Democrats and independents need to stand up to this, all while advocating policies that make for a better future.
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