You’ve seen the character who professes everything he touches turns to gold? Or, they profess being truly self-made while convincing themselves and those who fall prey to their hustle they possess the magic to make lives better?
In the example of Donald Trump, he has convinced those who believe him that anything and everything President Barack Obama accomplished, in fact had a negative impact to their lives. Worse, he has convinced them any success they currently have or that they project to have is the direct result of him taking over as the 45th president of the United States.
Hundreds of thousands have already started the pilgrimage to Memphis, TN. Millions more are expected to join those for local activities or tune in to participate on Wednesday, April 4th in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was an influential leader who had developed exceptional oratorical skills. As Donald Trump continues to boast his prowess, including his followers or base supporters who feel he is the core reason for the success of the economy, they are unfortunately missing a basic reality! No doubt there is positive movement in the economy but what gets lost with partisanship or trained pundits who have taken a blood-oath to never make any comments which might be perceived as minimizing Trump’s achievements are the facts of what he inherited in what most agree were positive signs targeted for future growth.
One of Dr. King’s famous quotes in trying to help leaders understand the plight of negroes (African-Americans) and the negative legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism which resulted in insuring that population would always remain deficient, was the bootstrap example.
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 1, 1968
Barack Obama made sure Trump had boots
Dr. King’s words have an interesting parallel with what Barack Obama received when he assumed the presidency versus what he left for Donald Trump.
Many have forgotten or have wiped out of their minds what was going on in 2007 and 2008. Economically, things were as bad as one could imagine and president Obama could have been defined as that “bootless man.”
Eight years later or when he handed over the reins to Donald Trump the economy had already made a recovery. There were unprecedented measures of success that even the most ardent Obama critic would have to admit. The result is yes, the economy continues to rack up impressive numbers but the notion that Donald Trump has achieved it all by himself or didn’t inherit anything positive from the Obama administration would leave a reasonable person scratching their head. Dr. King would caution Trump to be a bit humbler and remind him it is more honorable to give credit where credit is due versus proclaiming to never receiving a helping hand, especially from the lad he convinced millions that he was not a legitimate citizen. The boots president Obama left for Trump have helped improve his step.