Making America ‘Great Again’?


The 2016 Presidential Elections turned out to be a shocker for many, when the former businessman and Television star, Donald John Trump won the elections. The previous government was run by democrat Barack Obama and was considered to be a ‘blessed time’ for the nation by many. As usual, there are a lot of supporters on both sides of the coin, let’s understand how differently both of them work. One of the major reasons for Trump winning the elections was the fact that, he is totally different from Obama.

The ‘Trump’ Card used by Donald, was that he simply pointed out the major flaws and un-kept promises made by Obama during his tenure. One of the major disappointments people faced during Obama’s run was the fact that he did not succeed in decreasing the unemployment rates in the nation. The Potential Labour Force, after Obama’s signing in to the Office did not see much increase and there was just as much unemployment in the nation after Obama’s becoming the President as it was before he joined the office. The first 100 days of a President is a crucial time, during this period, the Unemployment Rate during Obama’s tenure was 8.7% whereas that of Trump is a mere 4.5%. Ensuring America and its people with the slogan “Make America Great Again”, Trump led a resistance movement against Obama during his presidential campaign, opposing all of Obama’s policies and taking advantage of the needs and beliefs of those that felt marginalised.

During his campaign, he strongly opposed all ideas and policies put forth by the Democrat, Hillary Clinton, who was endorsed by Barack Obama. While Clinton wanted to ease the immigration process, Trump promised he would build a wall and have the Mexicans pay for it. Clinton, who was in favor of ‘Abortion Rights’ was opposed by Trump, who insisted on limiting Abortion. Clinton campaigned proposing to increase taxes for the wealthy, whereas Trump promised that he’d reduce taxes for all and give the nation the biggest Tax Cut it has ever seen. Trump and Obama, do not share same views on most major issues. Immigration, Foreign Policies, Individual Rights, Economy, Investments etc., which could be clearly seen in Trump’s debates against the Democrat Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton.

“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” – Donald John Trump

Even though a lot of Trump supporters speak ill of Obama and his actions, it goes without saying that the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama had a good run. From refusing to sit down in the table in a cramped situation during the raid on Bin Laden in 2011, to tackling the war in Iraq, Obama’s achievements are remarkable without a doubt. The job of a president is undoubtedly a challenging one especially in a country like USA which is one of the power players in the world, and Obama was definitely good at it as he served two consecutive terms (8 years, 2009 to 2017).

We yet have to see how Trump manages the task in hand as he has a long way to go. The majority of voters of Trump were White people who were totally against the immigrants and thought that they took their jobs or that immigration is the reason for terrorism and the marginalised sections of the society. One of the major reasons for the different ideologies between these two, is the fact that they are from different Political Parties having a history of Opposition. The Former President, Barack Obama, a Democrat and the current president, Donald John Trump, a Republican. Both Trump and Obama, not only have opposing views on politics, but also lead a very different lifestyle from each other. The Obama family has been perceived as  ‘happy modern family’ ; the actions and behaviour of Trump does not allude to the same.

What Americans needed was change. Thus we can see Trump, the most controversial president till date,  leading the nation as its 45th President and desperately attempting to “Make America Great Again.”

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama

-Contributed by Atreyee Chakraborthy

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