It’s one thing for President Donald Trump to be an American embarrassment. For better or worse, he is the crazed uncle who stays in the basement at Grandma’s house. He’s the American family’s shame. So Trump’s first visit overseas as president is making all of America look bad, and if you ever wondered why the president stays on Twitter, look no further than the message he left in the guestbook of Israel’s national Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem.
“It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends - So amazing and will NEVER FORGET!” the president wrote after visiting the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
Ummm, da fuq?
The president of the United States visits a museum to honor the millions of innocent people who lost their lives at the hands of a brutal dictator, and the most he can say is, “So amazing”? The only thing the president forgot was “See you next summer!”
I mean, seriously, we all know that this president is a few fries short of an acceptable medium, but having his lack of depth exposed on a global level feels like America’s not-so-secret secret is getting out.
According to HuffPost, Trump breezed through the center, spending a whopping 30 minutes there. Indeed, he didn’t even visit the actual museum:
Trump didn’t tour the museum during his brief visit on Tuesday, citing his busy schedule during his first foreign trip as president. He did, however, attend a prayer ceremony inside Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance, along with his wife, Melania Trump, and his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
For contrast—and so that we can remember what is was like to have a president who understood his global impact and how not to embarrass the American family—former President (and arguably the last actual president) Barack Obama visited the center in 2008, when he was still a senator, and again in 2013, when he visited “a children’s memorial, the Hall of Names, and the center’s Museum of Holocaust Art before spending several minutes writing in the museum’s guest book. President George Bush spent a longer amount of time at the museum [than Trump] during a visit in 2008.”
During Obama’s 2008 trip, he left this message in the guestbook, which reads in part:
Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim “never again.” And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.
Maybe one day America will have a president who can act presidential, but for now I think 140 characters is about all we can expect.
Read more at HuffPost.