Have there ever been two American presidents, one immediately succeeding the other, that offered such a contrast in temperament and philosophy as Barack Obama and Donald Trump?
More than 1,000 educators and students were on a Monday conference call arranged by the Computer Science for All (“CSforAll”) Consortium, where the discussion focused on updates of the CSforAll intitative, when an unexpected guest hopped on the call.
Barack Obama, a long-standing advocate for America’s young learning the important skill of computer coding, surprised those on the call when he spoke:
“As I’ve always said, this country is at its best when we lift each other up and make sure that we’re extending opportunity to everybody.
“I strongly believe every child has to have the opportunity to learn this critical skill,” explained Obama. “We are inundated with technology and I don’t want our young people to just be consumers, I want them to be producers of this technology and to understand it, to feel like they’re controlling it, as opposed to it controlling them.”
The former President later tweeted: “Coding is important – and fun. @CSforAll, thanks for your work to make sure every kid can compete in a high-tech, global economy.”
Simply put, Barack Obama gets it.
Watch video of Barack Obama’s January 2016 Address advocating for the importance of computer skills for American’s youth:
Now, contrast the current president, Donald Trump, with his recent address on the floor of the United Nations, where he stressed the importance of isolationism, nationalism, a threat to not fully honor the Iran Nuclear Deal, of which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has affirmed Iranian compliance, and childlike name-calling of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il as “Rocket Man.”
A recent tweet by Trump reads, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”
It is a sad state of affairs that America has gone from eight years of a hopeful vision for the nation, the world, and the future, as espoused by Barack Obama, to the isolationist, suspicious, and antagonistic philosophies of Donald Trump.