Part of politics is shaking hands and kissing babies. It’s always been an important part of the political campaign game. If you want to reach the people, you better be ready to shake some hands, but definitely be ready to kiss and notice a LOT of babies and children.
One of our fondest memories of former President Barack Obama was his ease around children. Who can forget the video of Obama holding a crying child — and the child stopped crying?
We know Trump’s child-rearing skills are lacking, to say the least. He admitted openly he didn’t do diapers. However, as someone who wants to reform health care for Americans nationwide, we expect him to acknowledge and care about the children of the United States, especially the sick and disabled ones.
While standing on stage with adults and children during his speech on health care reform, you’d expect him to at least acknowledge the most vulnerable of the children. If for no other reason, you expect it for good PR. God knows, the orange man needs as much good publicity as he can get.
So, seeing him ignore the outreaching hand of a young child in a wheelchair is downright infuriating. How could you not even notice that? Some will say this is just fake news and spinning nothing into something. However, did his advisers/aides not tell him beforehand, “Shake the kid in the wheelchair’s hand?” So, either the president is an uncaring chunk of rot or his entire administration is inept at this entire political game. You choose. We’re going to go with a little bit of both here.
‘Child in wheelchair reaches up twice to shake the president’s hand’
One tiny moment in a child’s life, a nanosecond of acknowledgement even, can make all the difference.
The video hit Twitter and went viral – enraging many who watched the poor kid just want a handshake from the orange clown that gets to be president of the United States.
‘I hope someone in Trump’s office sees this and gets the kid another chance.’
‘That president doesn’t deserve to shake that boy’s hand.’
‘You know Obama would never have missed that boy reaching for him.’
‘Is he blind or is he heartless? #Resist’
‘That’s weird he didn’t notice him. Trump consistently looks down on people.’
‘That actually hurts to watch.’
‘Ok, it’s hard to shake everyone’s hand. He didn’t get to them all. But this is *terrible* optics. The boy is inches away..’
‘Oh my god this made me cry’
‘It’s been a long, hard week with this sociopath, but in some ways this is the worst thing of all.’
‘@BarackObama would not have missed that child. Neither would GW Bush.’