In a country that is so divided right now, it only made sense for the current president and the president-elect to try and get people to come together. On Thursday, President Barack Obama released a video in his weekly address to the nation where he wished all Americans a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day. Obama tried to remind people that we are all still one people regardless of our differences because Americans are all part of something that is greater than themselves.
On the previous day, Obama pardoned a turkey outside of the White House. This has become a yearly tradition for Obama which is done in good humor. Obama joked he was going to continue the tradition even when he’s out of the White House, despite it being embarrassing to his daughters Sasha and Malia.
In a separate video, President-elect Donald Trump released a statement on Twitter where he claimed to have prayed for the United States to heal itself of its current state of divisiveness. He said the American people need to “move forward as one country strengthened by shared purpose.” This was clearly his attempt to try and calm down the protesters around the country that are denouncing the election results.
On Thanksgiving Day, Trump sent out a tweet where he claimed to be “making progress” in regards to getting the company “Carrier” to keep their Indiana factory in the United States so that 1,400 jobs can be preserved for the people in their community.
Less than a week ago, Trump also took credit for convincing Ford to keep one of their factories in Kentucky instead of moving it to Mexico. However, Ford claimed they were never planning to shut down their factory in Kentucky. They were just planning to expand their operations to Mexico but then decided against it. Either way, it wouldn’t have affected the jobs in Kentucky.