Obama vs Trump: Contrasting reactions to tragedies stir social media debate

Published: February 18, 2018
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The latest high school shooting in America has stimulated a different response from the current president. PHOTO COLLAGE: FILE

The latest high school shooting in America has stimulated a different response from the current president. PHOTO COLLAGE: FILE

Former US president Barack Obama had to deal with one of the most tragic events of his Presidency. Twenty-six people, including 200 children aged six and seven, were killed as a result of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Obama responded with an impassioned speech following the incident, while wiring away his tears twice during the speech. He shed tears once again, when unveiling gun control measures in January 2016.

Pete Souza, Obama’s former White House photographer posted a picture of the ex-president alone in a classroom at Sandy Hook before meeting attending a vigil.

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The latest high school shooting in America has stimulated a completely different response from the current president.

Donald Trump visited victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida two days after Wednesday’s massacre, which claimed 17 lives.

US president visited the hospital for just 35 minutes and met only two victims. After this, he has been heavily criticised for his unsympathetic body-language in pictures, where he grinned and gave away a thumbs up.

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The contrasting reactions of Obama and Trump to the tragedies hasn’t gone unnoticed on Twitter.

President Trump was also seen partying, just hours after the visit at the hospital.

This article originally appeared on The Independent

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  • JM
    Feb 19, 2018 - 5:31AM

    Americans elected this orange goof. Now live with this stupid clown. He will show emotions. Yeah right!Recommend

  • MS
    Feb 19, 2018 - 5:44AM

    Their reactions could be different but both won’t fix anything. Obama had majority in Senate and In House but didn’t do anything and this guy doesn’t want to do anything.Recommend

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