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"There is a photograph of President Barack Obama with Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ bust of Abraham Lincoln visible in the background. Through the magic of Photoshop™ I reworked the photograph to bring Lincoln into full focus.
When he placed his hand upon Lincoln’s Bible on January 20, 2009 Barack Obama declared he was committed to celebrating American unity and the use of the historic Bible would provide a powerful connection to our “common past and common heritage.”
When Lincoln placed his hand upon this very same Bible 148 years earlier a Civil War threatened to destroy the country. On Friday, 156 years later, President-elect Donald Trump will place his hand upon Lincoln’s Bible as he takes the Oath of Office. He will assume the mantle of President of the United States at a time of great unrest at home and abroad.
Upon learning of Obama’s disgraceful commutation of Army Pfc. Manning, I wondered if the ghost of Lincoln ever spoke to him during his eight failed years as president....."
AOL- Days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the State Department has announced a $500 million donation to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.
The Green Climate Fund helps the world develop clean energy technologies as it adjusts to climate change and works to reverse effects of global warming. The U.S. promised $3 billion to the fund in 2014, but political infighting stopped the money from being appropriated. The administration this week directed funds that were previously approved. Following a previous check for $500 million, the total contribution from the U.S. to the fund sits at $1 billion.
This payment, however, could reverse course under the incoming administration.
Potential secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said climate change isn’t a security threat to the U.S.. Although he did state America should maintain “a seat at the table” when it comes to climate change, Tillerson wouldn’t say whether he’d keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement, which China recently warned the U.S. against pulling out of at the Davos world economic forum.
In the days leading up to his 2016 election victory, Trump himself stated his plan to “cancel billions in global warming payments to the United Nations.”
“Dear Donald, Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your Inauguration on January 20th. My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same with Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas. But we will be with you and the country in spirit. I want you to know that I wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country. If I can ever be of help, please let me know.”It’s apparent that Bush the Elder is the opposite of President Obama. Right until the last minute of his presidency, Bush the Elder’s decisions were about protecting the United States. President Obama’s final decisions have disgraced his already disgraceful foreign policy and national security legacy.