- Obama ran out of words on mass shootings. Trump has struggled to find them. - G4celeb

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16 Feb 2018

- Obama ran out of words on mass shootings. Trump has struggled to find them.



As he heads to Florida this weekend, President Trump is following in the footsteps of former president Barack Obama, a man he disparages and a leader whose time in office in many ways came to be defined by mass shootings.

Obama bequeathed on his successor an almost ritualistic response to gun tragedies, beginning with the 2011 attack on then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and ending with the 2016 Dallas attack that left five officers dead. There were 15 speeches from the White House, countless prayers for the fallen and more than a dozen visits to the crime scenes.

All the while, Obama traveled a path from empathy and promises of action to anger and, ultimately, defeat.
 “I am not naive,” Obama said in Dallas. “I have seen how inadequate my own words have been.”

Trump, beginning the second year of his presidency with his third major mass shooting, has a different problem. His challenges when it comes to connecting with a grieving public are often both personal and political.

While Obama simply ran out of things to say about the nation’s unending string of gun tragedies, Trump — who often strains to express empathy — has struggled to find much to say about them at all. READ MORE