As one of the most approachable presidents in history, President Donald Trump didn’t hesitate to partake in a picture when two kids approached and asked if he would. He’s seen smiling in between a brother and sister duo in the shot captured yesterday, but as soon as it hit the Internet, everyone immediately noticed one shocking thing in it on closer look.
The photo looks like every other fan shot out there, with two beaming children who happened to get the opportunity to meet the president. However, it’s now gone viral after viewers realized who the children were and why their paths had crossed with the president’s.
Elijah and Gianna Lucas live in Fresno, California but were in Washington, D.C. on Monday to attend a ceremony in honor of National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. Like thousands of others, they sat in the crowd and listened to our Commander-in-Chief speak about the importance of police work in America and the sacrifice it often is, which has gone without recognition for eight years under Barack Obama. Trump not only showed deep appreciation for the men and women in law enforcement but their families as well, many of whom are left to pick up the pieces after losing their hero in the line of duty.
While Obama routinely recognized thugs shot by cops and incited riots around it, Trump does just the opposite in addressing the senseless loss of life by those who work to serve and protect everyone and mentions them by name. This means more to Elijah and Gianna than it does for most since these siblings are two of five in their family who are now growing up without their father, who died while on duty on October 31, 2016.
I don’t recall Obama ever announcing his condolences when an officer of the law was killed, let alone take time to meet personally with their families and take a selfie with their children. He did this for thugs’ moms seeking vengeance in their criminal child’s death by cop but refused to give the same attention and respect where it really belongs — on the true victims.
What’s seen in this shot of the president with Fresno officer Sgt. Rod Lucas’ kids is a genuine joy that the Trump had to be a part of this day for them, to personally tell them that their dad was a hero who is appreciated for his service.