Former President Obama issued a classy statement on the death of Cokie Roberts, while Donald Trump responded that Roberts “wasn’t nice to him.”
Here is the statement from former President and First Lady Obama as provided to PoliticusUSA, “Michelle and I are sad to hear about the passing of Cokie Roberts. She was a trailblazing figure; a role model to young women at a time when the profession was still dominated by men; a constant over forty years of a shifting media landscape and changing world, informing voters about the issues of our time and mentoring young journalists every step of the way. She will be missed – and we send our condolences to her family.”
Obama put Roberts’ role in journalism in a historical and cultural context.
Meanwhile, this is what Trump said about Cokie Roberts, according to the White House Press Pool as provided to PoliticusUSA, “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional. Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”
Trump is incapable of providing any insight or context to the nation that he is supposedly governing. Trump knew nothing about Roberts, only that he thought that she didn’t treat him nicely, and presumably that she didn’t work for Fox News.
Cokie Roberts was a giant in broadcast journalism, and the above was the best that Donald Trump could come up with.
It isn’t the job of journalists to be “nice” to the people that they cover. The job is to provide facts and insight to the public.
Obama reminded America of what it can be like to have a president who puts the country first, as his thoughtful statement served to expose the problem that comes with having a self-involved narcissist as Commander In Chief.
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