For all to read, a New Year’s Eve message was tweeted on December 31, 2016, by Donald Trump who will take over the reins as president of the United States in three weeks:
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!
His message, which could have been positive and uplifting as he prepares to enter the White House, is instead a mockery of his opponents.
Then there’s the optimism of President George W. Bush’s New Year’s Eve message on December 31, 2002, less than four months after the 9/11 terrorism attacks on America:
The past year has been a time of achievement, progress, and renewed hope for the American people. As our citizens continue to demonstrate a spirit of resolve and unity, we are building a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility that strengthens our country and offers hope to those in need. To counter new threats, we are enhancing security at home, and we are part of the global coalition against terrorism that has made significant progress in opposing the forces of tyranny and oppression.
We will continue our efforts to secure America, win the war on terrorism, focus on education, promote compassion, create new jobs, and ensure the economic security of all our citizens. As we move forward into the New Year, I encourage all Americans to give thanks to the Almighty for His many blessings, and to join with me in reaffirming our commitment to helping people around the world achieve peace and freedom.
At the dawn of this New Year, America is a land of justice, liberty, and tolerance. We will work together to build on our successes and embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a Happy New Year. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless the United States.
GEORGE W. BUSH
The President offered optimism, gave thanks to God for his blessings, and sent best wishes for the New Year while asking God to continue to bless America. That’s leadership. That’s what would be nice to see in the New Year.