Donald Trump looks in high spirit.
The United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.
This is a great victory for President Trump.
Eight years ago on 1 May 2011, Osama bin Laden of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda was killed by the US army.
It was a victory for former President Barack Obama.
After these victories, the White House has publicized two photos of the Presidents’ meeting with their military commands in a combat planning room.
The Chinese state media pointed out ten differences between these two photos:
First, Trump’s meeting room looks larger. In Obama’s time, the room looked tight and many officials had to stand at some corners without a seating place. President Trump has his own chair of a big boss.
Second, Trump has a smaller team. We see five officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Esper by his side. But there is no sight of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. Obama had a bigger team of at least ten people, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Third, Obama’s team was more casual in their clothes. Trump’s team members were either in army uniforms or official suites. On their suites, Trump and his aides specially had a token of US national flag.
Fourth, Obama’s team showed more vivid facial and body expressions. Obama was quite, a general checking the computer, Hillary covering her mouth with her hand. In contrast, Trump’s team looked serious as they all sat still.
Fifth, Obama’s team had more choices with their drinks, including coffee. Trump’s team only had bottles of mineral water.
Sixth, interestingly, Obama was sitting casually on a small corner behind the table. Trump was sitting right in the middle, looking into the front with solemnity.
Seventh, the photo of the Obama administration seemed to be taken randomly by the photographer. In contrast, Trump’s team members were posing for a more official picture.
Eighth, after the success of the military actions, both Obama and Trump made their public speeches. Eight years ago, Obama still looked worried even though the terrorist leader was killed. This year, Trump made the announcement in a more dramatic way with more confidence.
Trump said to the press, “U.S. Special Operations Forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style. The U.S. personnel were incredible. I got to watch much of it.”
Ninth, eight years ago, Obama made his public speech on television but with not much detail on the military operation. This week, Trump tweeted instantly after the victory on Twitter, “Something big has just happened”. And right after that, the White House said the President is going to address the nation, making it really big news.
Tenth, the timing is different, and so is the domestic political struggle. After Trump killed al-Baghdadi, Nancy Pelosi sent her gratitude to the US military, not mentioning President Trump. Eight years ago, Trump himself wrote a note on social media, “Stop celebrating Obama, it was the Navy Seals who had taken down bin Laden”.
By Cloudy Seagail
With translation from a Sina post