Differences between Trump’s and Obama’s Ramadan messages

DC: This week starts the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

The holiday is marked by a tradition of fasting for observant Muslims worldwide to commemorate the revelation of the Quran.

Modern-era presidents historically make an announcement to mark the beginning of the holiday. Barack Obama issued Ramadan messages each year he served in office and Donald Trump has done the same. Comparing the two messages delivered by both presidents in their second year in office certainly shows similarities.

Both presidents recognize the tradition and religious significance of the holiday.

Obama, 2010:

“Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.  This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.

Trump, 2018:

“During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran.”

Both presidents also recognize that the holiday seeks to strengthen the Muslim community:

Obama, 2010:

“But Ramadan is also a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and pray during the night; when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere.  For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.”

Trump, 2018:

“Ramadan is a time of self-reflection intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides.  In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life.”

However, the presidents diverge in their description of how Islam relates to the American experiment.

27 Comments on Differences between Trump’s and Obama’s Ramadan messages

  1. I really wish Trump had ignored this.
    Party City now has Ramadan party favors and decorations.
    Another store not to shop at.

  2. Islam is incompatible w/ the United States of America, as set forth in the Constitution … ’nuff said

    hell, Islam is incompatible w/ any civilization that prefers freedom to slavery

  3. Islam is incompatible with all human rights, freedoms, and values.

    Ramadan should be observed in America with mass arrests and deportation to countries of origin.

  4. Why in hell would the WH & US State Dept. ever hold a Ramadan dinner ?

    To reflect on the events that caused the creation of the US Marine Corps is the only reason I can think of. Other than that . None at all.

  5. I plan to celebrate Ramadan by being nice to the Muslim clerks at Whole Foods who refuse to check me out when I have wine and ham in my cart.


  6. Obama is down with the Holiday no matter how he deals with it, he can Rubadong or Suckadong all day long, and Fast at the same time.

  7. Lacking a detailed description of what Ramadan party favors are – my guess is the favored ones are bricks of plastic explosives and cell phones to remotely detonate them.

  8. I normally celebrate Ramadan by binge-watching all the Warner Brothers’ Porky Pig cartoons from the 1930s on DVD.

  9. Hey Toof, you’re getting your religions all mixed up. It’s a shofar made from a ram’s horn. It has nothing to do with Islam or driving.

  10. @ Blue I got it yer joke. BTW ramadan is in that book, I think..kwanza was made up about thirty years ago.

    @ Ann Thracts ‘blowing a Shofar’ does not.. sound that much better than…blowing… a chauffeur.

    Musically that is.

  11. I am going to eat as much sausage as my cardiologist will allow and consider from afar the dangers of the religion of peace.

    BTW, did you know that Islam and Mormonism are similar? Both were given to humans by an extraterrestrial being (Moroni and a being Mohammed called an Angel). So both are really just hyped up ET religions. Ramadan-a ding-dong fact of the day.

  12. Allah is not the god of Abraham. Islam is a ideology of pure evil. I don’t think celebrating religious fanatics is a good idea. after 1400 plus years of history it seems the willfully ignorant are still having sway.

  13. I’m waiting for the stories of carnage that are covered up every year at this time.

    Oh, and the inevitable sad story of the millionaire muzzie basketball player who has to fast during the day for his stupid religion.
    How on earth do you expect him to play ball at night? Boo-hoo 🙁

  14. Obama and Kardashian are two names I would rather not ever hear again. Thank Go the Kardshians were never elected for anything.

  15. Obama and Kardashian are two names I would rather not ever hear again. Thank God the Kardshians were never elected for anything.


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