Monday 21 August 2017

Internet compares notes left by Barack Obama and Donald Trump at Israel’s Holocaust memorial

US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalems Old City on May 22, 2017. Photo:AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalems Old City on May 22, 2017. Photo:AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Raf Sanchez

Donald Trump is fond of comparing himself to Barack Obama, describing how he is stronger, and generally better than his predecessor.

But when it comes to signing guest books, Mr Trump may decide it's better to cede the field.

Social media users seized on a 19-word, mixed-capitals note that Mr Trump left at Israel's Holocaust memorial and compared it to a much longer, more thoughtful note written by Barack Obama.

"IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS – SO AMAZING AND WILL NEVER FORGET!" Mr Trump wrote at Yad Vashem on Tuesday after laying a wreath in memory of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.

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Donald Trump's note at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial Photo: Reuters

The note was immediately compared to an entry by Mr Obama from July 2008.

"I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man's potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world.

"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."

The stark differences in the entries reflect the literary tastes of the two presidents.

Mr Obama is an avid reader who wrote several books and enjoyed long dinners with novelists and other artists to talk about their work.

Mr Trump rarely reads book and prefers to watch television. His bestselling book The Art of the Deal was written by a ghostwriter.

Others also are compared Mr Trump's note to one left by Hillary Clinton.

Telegraph.co.uk

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