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2020-07-18 1:55:43 AM  
I had a hard time believing the headline that Trump was going to do or say anything to acknowledge the legacy of Rep. Lewis. I should have known it had to be President Obama making the remarks.

It will probably take Trump a day or two to come up with his own "suitable" comments about how unfair the passing of Rep. Lewis is to him. It's all just part of the left-wing plot to make him look bad.
 
2020-07-18 2:23:34 AM  

NotCodger: I had a hard time believing the headline that Trump was going to do or say anything to acknowledge the legacy of Rep. Lewis. I should have known it had to be President Obama making the remarks.

It will probably take Trump a day or two to come up with his own "suitable" comments about how unfair the passing of Rep. Lewis is to him. It's all just part of the left-wing plot to make him look bad.


He'll hold a rally and/or a presser the day of Lewis' funeral.


Or at the very least tweet something so horribly racist that if Joe Schmoe, bottom-rung employee of Publicly-Traded Megacorp XYZ, were to tweet it, the CEO of Publicly-Traded Megacorp XYZ would personally sign off on a press release announcing that Joe Schmoe has been fired for his remarks; and the press release would be published on XYZ's official Facebook and Twitter pages.

/and then Trump would respond to Schmoe's firing by wondering aloud if someone won't rid him of that troublesome CEO
//and Very Fine People™ would respond by sending death threats to XYZ employees
///because 'Murica
 
2020-07-18 6:04:01 AM  
If Trump gets to his phone before a staffer I guarantee his comment will be along the lines of "Too bad he didn't take Ginsburg with him"
 
2020-07-18 6:05:47 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If Trump gets to his phone before a staffer I guarantee his comment will be along the lines of "Too bad he didn't take Ginsburg with him"


We best hope he doesn't toss in the word 'uppity'.

Granted, it may not be in his tiny vocabulary.
 
2020-07-18 6:47:43 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If Trump gets to his phone before a staffer I guarantee his comment will be along the lines of "Too bad he didn't take Ginsburg with him"


Jesus Christ don't even joke about that.  I'm already in a fetal position because her cancer came back.
 
2020-07-18 7:22:38 AM  
Well that headline was misleading.
 
2020-07-18 7:46:17 AM  

Mugato: Well that headline was misleading.


Yeah, when Fark says something nice about the president, we're usually talking about the only president we've had in the last twenty years that had an ounce of empathy and wasn't an incoherent jibbering moron.
 
2020-07-18 7:56:37 AM  
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2020-07-18 7:58:49 AM  
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2020-07-18 7:59:21 AM  
Glad to see that was written by Obama. I was fully expecting something stupid from Trump. You know, the only thing I don't like about Obama's pieces that he writes is that I'm forced to read it in his voice in my head. It takes me about an extra 2 minutes to read it because I put unnecessary pauses between sentences. I really, really, really miss Obama.
 
2020-07-18 8:00:53 AM  
Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.  BUT it will be in a tweet.

/how respectful of him
 
2020-07-18 8:01:25 AM  
The real president. Not the fake orange one.
 
2020-07-18 8:02:58 AM  

Mugato: Well that headline was misleading.


Oh I'm sure what the current president will say will be sad/outrageous unless someone else is tweeting in his name.
 
2020-07-18 8:03:22 AM  
So I took a guess...

"Great guy, great guy, Johnny Lewis.  Didn't always get along with him, but a great guy.  Hard fighter.  He was black, you know.  A lot better than McCain."

Thankfully I guessed wrong.
 
2020-07-18 8:03:24 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.  BUT it will be in a tweet.


and written by a WH intern.
 
2020-07-18 8:09:52 AM  
I'm actually looking forward to Trump's statement.  I'm sure he won't be writing it.  I just wonder how much trouble he will have reading it.
 
2020-07-18 8:11:34 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.


Man, there ain't nothing definite about Trump saying something respectful. If it's not a canned tweet rewritten by an intern, anything goes.

I've got my money on Trump co-opting John Lewis' death to say he'd be against all these BLM protests.
 
2020-07-18 8:13:27 AM  
Last night I read about his passing and I was saddened that he had died watching America in the grips of an authoritarian despot who emboldened the racist elements of our country.

Obama's words reframed it and give me hope that he actually passed proud of this country and it's progress. There's a lot of people who are living up to the legacy of the civil rights movement in the streets right now and hope that there will be another large step towards equality.
 
2020-07-18 8:15:43 AM  

Snapper Carr: and written by a WH intern.


I think Trump writes his own material. For one thing I don't think his ego would allow someone else to speak for him and if interns are writing his stuff, they're the worst interns ever.
 
2020-07-18 8:16:14 AM  

King Something: NotCodger: I had a hard time believing the headline that Trump was going to do or say anything to acknowledge the legacy of Rep. Lewis. I should have known it had to be President Obama making the remarks.

It will probably take Trump a day or two to come up with his own "suitable" comments about how unfair the passing of Rep. Lewis is to him. It's all just part of the left-wing plot to make him look bad.

He'll hold a rally and/or a presser the day of Lewis' funeral.


Or at the very least tweet something so horribly racist that if Joe Schmoe, bottom-rung employee of Publicly-Traded Megacorp XYZ, were to tweet it, the CEO of Publicly-Traded Megacorp XYZ would personally sign off on a press release announcing that Joe Schmoe has been fired for his remarks; and the press release would be published on XYZ's official Facebook and Twitter pages.

/and then Trump would respond to Schmoe's firing by wondering aloud if someone won't rid him of that troublesome CEO
//and Very Fine People™ would respond by sending death threats to XYZ employees
///because 'Murica


Dont forget the gofundme set up for Joe.  Sad
 
2020-07-18 8:21:23 AM  
This:

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is Trump pouting because he was forced to fly the flag at half staff in honor of John McCain. He's a petulant man-baby who can't bear to have spotlight off himself for a minute, especially to show honor for a loyal American with whom he disagrees. If he does anything decent to acknowledge John Lewis, it will be because the Secret Service held him down while some flunky types out a tweet on Trump's phone.
 
2020-07-18 8:22:40 AM  
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RIP John
 
2020-07-18 8:24:59 AM  
Considering his enormous impact on the history of this country, what always struck those who met John was his gentleness and humility.

So. Much. That.

I've told the story elsewhere of meeting him at an Atlanta restaurant one Saturday. And that is exactly right. He had a right to a big ego, but he never seemed to exercise it.
 
2020-07-18 8:25:00 AM  

PiperArrow: This:

[howeypolitics.com image 390x453]

is Trump pouting because he was forced to fly the flag at half staff in honor of John McCain. He's a petulant man-baby who can't bear to have spotlight off himself for a minute, especially to show honor for a loyal American with whom he disagrees. If he does anything decent to acknowledge John Lewis, it will be because the Secret Service held him down while some flunky types out a tweet on Trump's phone.


He...uh...might want to get those bullfrog-sized lymph nodes checked out
 
2020-07-18 8:25:19 AM  

Mugato: Snapper Carr: and written by a WH intern.

I think Trump writes his own material. For one thing I don't think his ego would allow someone else to speak for him and if interns are writing his stuff, they're the worst interns ever.


I think he shouts it at them, and they do their best.
 
2020-07-18 8:29:06 AM  

runwiz: I'm actually looking forward to Trump's statement.  I'm sure he won't be writing it.  I just wonder how much trouble he will have reading it.


If the statement contains lot of words with more than two syllables, Trump had nothing to do with it.
 
2020-07-18 8:31:31 AM  
Miss having someone to admire as the leader of our country.  The 22nd amendment is such an enormous crock.
 
2020-07-18 8:32:48 AM  
"It's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was at a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who were helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. Afterwards, I spoke to him privately, and he could not have been prouder of their efforts - of a new generation standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation intent on voting and protecting the right to vote, a new generation running for political office. I told him that all those young people - of every race, from every background and gender and sexual orientation - they were his children. They had learned from his example, even if they didn't know it. They had understood through him what American citizenship requires, even if they had heard of his courage only through history books. "

And then the Democrats nominated Biden.
 
2020-07-18 8:36:51 AM  

born_yesterday: PiperArrow: This:

[howeypolitics.com image 390x453]

is Trump pouting because he was forced to fly the flag at half staff in honor of John McCain. He's a petulant man-baby who can't bear to have spotlight off himself for a minute, especially to show honor for a loyal American with whom he disagrees. If he does anything decent to acknowledge John Lewis, it will be because the Secret Service held him down while some flunky types out a tweet on Trump's phone.

He...uh...might want to get those bullfrog-sized lymph nodes checked out


Or.....not?

Let him suffer.
 
2020-07-18 8:41:51 AM  
This may not be popular. But Obama needs to realise that to the new generations, he is the new John Lewis.

And he shouldn't be trying to gracefully retire. He needs to be as much of a public figure as he ever wants.

He's done a lot. But dammit he needs to be doing more
 
2020-07-18 8:43:07 AM  
Almost 9:00 in DC and still no fake condolence tweet from tRump
 
2020-07-18 8:44:13 AM  
Beautiful, as always. Thanks, Obama 😪
 
2020-07-18 8:44:33 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: If Trump gets to his phone before a staffer I guarantee his comment will be along the lines of "Too bad he didn't take Ginsburg with him"


"He's looking down...or maybe up. I dunno, maybe he's looking up."
 
2020-07-18 8:45:19 AM  

Ridiculousity: Miss having someone to admire as the leader of our country.  The 22nd amendment is such an enormous crock.


That's kind of a double edged sword though, right?
 
2020-07-18 8:47:33 AM  

Hey Nurse!: Glad to see that was written by Obama. I was fully expecting something stupid from Trump. You know, the only thing I don't like about Obama's pieces that he writes is that I'm forced to read it in his voice in my head. It takes me about an extra 2 minutes to read it because I put unnecessary pauses between sentences. I really, really, really miss Obama.


Trump's acknowledgment tweet will have been written by either Stephen Miller or Ben Carson - he'll make sure of that. Either one and the result will humiliatingly tone deaf, stupid, and beneath The Man they will be referring to.
 
2020-07-18 8:50:29 AM  
John Lewis is an American hero. He fought everyday to make America a better place. A true giant of the human spirit.

Dump45*: No one knows this but I liked him in The Nutty Professor.
 
2020-07-18 8:52:31 AM  
One tragedy is that in the wake of the passing of great man, and in the glow of a heartfelt and uplifting tribute, a nagging part of me is stuck somewhere else.

I miss a president that has command of English, that can compose not just sentences but paragraphs, to say nothing of having a grasp of history and an ability to inspire towards a worthy purpose. We have fallen so far.
 
2020-07-18 8:54:07 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.  BUT it will be in a tweet.

/how respectful of him


And it clearly won't be written by him and he will contradict it by end of day.
 
2020-07-18 8:55:47 AM  

Abox: FarkingSmurf: Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.  BUT it will be in a tweet.

/how respectful of him

And it clearly won't be written by him and he will contradict it by end of day.


Not before someone on CNN gets to be impressed by his new tone
 
2020-07-18 8:56:29 AM  
I'm not crying, you're crying.

/am crying
 
2020-07-18 8:56:38 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "It's fitting that the last time John and I shared a public forum was at a virtual town hall with a gathering of young activists who were helping to lead this summer's demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death. Afterwards, I spoke to him privately, and he could not have been prouder of their efforts - of a new generation standing up for freedom and equality, a new generation intent on voting and protecting the right to vote, a new generation running for political office. I told him that all those young people - of every race, from every background and gender and sexual orientation - they were his children. They had learned from his example, even if they didn't know it. They had understood through him what American citizenship requires, even if they had heard of his courage only through history books. "

And then the Democrats nominated Biden.


This is why you fail.
 
2020-07-18 8:56:50 AM  
Not reading them. John Lewis was a hero. Why would anyone care what DT says about him. They don't even belong in the same sentence.
 
2020-07-18 8:57:24 AM  

lincoln65: Not reading them. John Lewis was a hero. Why would anyone care what DT says about him. They don't even belong in the same sentence.


I see I've been played.
 
2020-07-18 8:58:29 AM  

NeoCortex42: [Fark user image image 602x108]


Honestly, that's probably for the best.

/Still can't believe 62 million+ people voted for that moron
 
2020-07-18 8:58:29 AM  
We shouldn't  even talk about you know who in this thread. Lewis nor Obama should be diminished by that trash.
 
2020-07-18 8:59:55 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Trump will definitely say something respectful memorializing Rep. John Lewis.  BUT it will be in a tweet.

/how respectful of him


"John Lewis was a great man when he was treating me nicely. If it weren't for the haters and losers in the Democrat party, he would have been a Republican. Great presidents like me and Lincoln recognize his work in making sure the blacks got civil"

*photo of Elijah Cummings*


/Trump is a monster
 
2020-07-18 9:01:33 AM  

wademh: I miss a president that has command of English, that can compose not just sentences but paragraphs, to say nothing of having a grasp of history and an ability to inspire towards a worthy purpose. We have fallen so far.


We're still at least four years away.
 
2020-07-18 9:02:14 AM  
It's a great department store, but I wouldn't necessarily call it iconic. I'm more of a Peter Jones guy.
 
2020-07-18 9:08:36 AM  

Snapper Carr: [Fark user image image 850x480]


💔
 
2020-07-18 9:11:21 AM  
People would sometimes point out the supposed hypocrisy of America bringing democracy to the world - folks would ask black soldiers: "how can you wave a gun around here when you can't even go to the lunch counter in your own   country? Why don't you go do that over there?"

John Lewis was that man. He fought in the streets of America for the full civil rights of all Americans. Then he qualified himself to be a lawyer, got elected to Congress - never once losing sight of that battle for all Americans' civil rights. Literally an American Hero over the entirety of his adult lifetime.
 
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