Reading and listening between the Bush-Obama lines delivered prior to Veterans Day

“The state of our nation,” was the subject aired just before November 11th, the day dedicated to memorializing the veteran, as known by her/his service to the United States of America, in war or in peace.
From the remarks of former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, what they had espoused during their terms of service, each one focused on a similar intent, a common patriotic theme: whose spirit was remembered in line with today’s America.
President Bush zeroed in on the past.
He did not disguise how he considered the 45th president, whom he did not refer to by name, as one who “promoted bigotry and falsehoods to the country’s detriment.”
The 44th president, Obama, who, for the rarest period since he left the White House, didn’t make any mention of Trump himself, just like his predecessor did.
But the Obama message hit home: “Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other and be cruel to each other and put each other down? That’s not who we are.”
Both of those who served as presidents before Trump, touched on the spirit of welcoming immigrants who came to these shores, replete with their gifts and skills to offer them to a future home.
In the POTUS’ words, he touched every so often, to the unsavory extent of ridiculing immigrants.
“Maybe, some are rapists,” were repeated by the Trump vocabulary described as “nasty words.”
There is the Macarthur Foundation, one organization which, in every year, since 1961, has historically bestowed so-called “genius grants” on more than 20 of the country’s “most accomplished and promising scientists, scholars, artists and writers.”
Detailing the awards, the latter was considered “a huge deal,” proclaimed by the media, their recipients remembered with pride by the Foundation itself.
The recipient-winners were identified as working on what they lent to the country, their pledged spirit, accompanied with humble resolve translated into their avowed principles that they would work hard as buoyed by the inspiration found in their new land.
Typically, in the middle of their careers, the winners would receive $625,000 each.
Why therefore, are MacArthur fellows honored so close to Veterans Day? Simply, because they are heroes too, serving their new home to the best of their skills and personal attributes.
Of the 965 geniuses (or, more fittingly, MacArthur fellows) the latest statistics on this very group, prove they were native-born, illustrating their status as immigrants. Very recent statistics furnished by Cecilia Conrad, who leads the fellowship program, 209 individuals were of international origin, comprising 21.7 percent.
Latest census figures have determined that less than 13 percent of the American population is foreign-born, breaking down their rich education obtained before arrival to the United States.
Conrad sought to find out whether MacArthur fellows are anomalies. They’re not, per her research. She looked back over the past three-and-a-half decades (the life span of the fellowships), to see who did receive other top honors awarded solely to U.S. citizens and residents.
Likewise, Conrad learned how immigrants were overrepresented among the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for music, of the National Humanities Medal and particularly, the John Bates Clark Medal, recognizing “brilliant American economists under the age of 40, thirty-five percent of them,” were foreign-born.
Both former presidents did not refer to the far-right paranoiacs and scaremongers who were identified by reliable news sources as principals who exerted heavy pressure on Trump to “end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)” but lent their praise and admiration to “many of this country’s finest minds and brightest ideas forged when dreamers from elsewhere encounter an unfamiliar place with unimagined possibilities” they were more than glad to extend.
The Bush and Obama statements were described as having created a creative spark in their convergence which powered American greatness.
It is far from impossible that the bounty of immigrants, as gleaned from the foregoing remarks have served to exemplify how hard work and dedication have yielded boundless honor to America.
Based on the former presidents’ remarks prior to Veterans Day, the wave of immigration skills and rare intellectual attributes cannot be shunted aside and ignored. The very useful contributions that have emerged from immigrants have given the U.S. insights, inventions, art and sciences which put America as a world leader.
“Embracing their genius is the genius of America,” was what summed up the Bush and Obama declarations.
Presidents Bush and Obama urged their listeners to continue to live together under a climate and environment which will greatly help the people of America as they proceed to take their place in the family of nations.