VIA| September 11, 2015, marked two anniversaries. First, it was the 14th anniversary of the 2001 attacks that brought down the World Trade Centertowers, damaged the Pentagon, and made heroes of the passengers onFlight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania.
And second, it was the third anniversary of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA Operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods (both veteran Navy SEALs).
On anniversaries like these, many Americans reflect on the years past and the ways in which things have changed, or not changed – as the case may be.
One such American goes by the name “Athrun Zala” on Facebook. His profile states that he was an Army Cavalry Scout. And his comments on 9/11/2015 made a stark comparison between presidents both as leaders and as men:
The full text reads:
“14 years ago, I had a President who was certainly neither the brightest crayon in the box nor the most eloquent.
He didn’t fill everyone’s ears with shi* they wanted to hear. He made mistakes, as all leaders do, but he owned up to them.
14 years ago, I had a President who made me proud to take the Oath of Enlistment.
14 years ago, I had a President who shared the sorrow of the nation instead of blaming the nation for the heinous deeds of others.
14 years ago, I had a President who never let the people forget he was one of them, instead of setting himself aside and higher than the people he swore to serve.
14 years ago, I had a President who was proud to be an American and who shared that pride with the people.
Today, I have an eloquent but petulant schoolchild pretending to be a leader.
On the worst day in American history since Pearl Harbor, I had a President who told the world that America will not bow down.
Today, I have a charlatan snake oil salesman who bows to my enemies.
But 14 years ago, I had a President.”
And his assessment certainly resonated: since it was published on his page, it has been shared over 6,000 times.