President Donald Trump has declared his inauguration day, January 20, 2017 to be a day of “National Patriotic Devotion.” This Presidential declaration was one of Trump’s first actions as President.
Presidents in the past have made declarations for their inaugural days, a tradition that started with George H.W. Bush. President Obama declared his inauguration in 2009 as a “National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.” However most Presidents have saved the title of Patriotism for September 11. Both Presidents Bush and Obama made federal declarations in 2002 and 2014 to make September 11 Patriot’s Day.
Trump’s declaration is full of patriotic rhetoric and pride in the United States. President Trump talks of uniting all Americans, a message very different from what he said on the campaign trail. President Trump’s campaign was infamous for running on a platform that divided Americans. It was his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who ran on the platform of “Stronger Together.”
President Obama’s proclamation in 2009 was reserved and simplistic but told a story of a nation that was facing great challenges and the journey to national unity. The tone of President Trump’s was very different. The new President’s proclamation gives a picture of a glorious nation battling whatever challenges may come it’s way.
President Trump makes a strong statement in saying, “We are one people, united by a common destiny and shared purpose.”
However President Trump’s words seem to ring untrue as the United States falls into a more divided nation everyday. It remains to be seen whether the country will be able to achieve the unity that the President claims.
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