What a stark difference!
Thanksgiving ProclamationIssued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
And Barack Obama's:
The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate ReleaseNovember 23, 2016
Presidential Proclamation -- Thanksgiving Day, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Nearly 400 years ago, a small band of Pilgrims fled persecution and violence and came to this land as refugees in search of opportunity and the freedom to practice their faith. Though the journey was rough and their first winter harsh, the friendly embrace of an indigenous people, the Wampanoag -- who offered gracious lessons in agriculture and crop production -- led to their successful first harvest. The Pilgrims were grateful they could rely on the generosity of the Wampanoag people, without whom they would not have survived their first year in the new land, and together they celebrated this bounty with a festival that lasted for days and prompted the tradition of an annual day of giving thanks.
This history teaches us that the American instinct has never been to seek isolation in opposite corners; it is to find strength in our common creed and forge unity from our great diversity. On that very first thanksgiving celebration, these same ideals brought together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, and every year since, with enduring confidence in the power of faith, love, gratitude, and optimism, this force of unity has sustained us as a people. It has guided us through times of great challenge and change and allowed us to see ourselves in those who come to our shores in search of a safer, better future for themselves and their families.
On this holiday, we count our blessings and renew our commitment to giving back. We give thanks for our troops and our veterans -- and their families -- who give of themselves to protect the values we cherish; for the first responders, teachers, and engaged Americans who serve their communities; and for the chance to live in a country founded on the belief that all of us are created equal. But on this day of gratitude, we are also reminded that securing these freedoms and opportunities for all our people is an unfinished task. We must reflect on all we have been afforded while continuing the work of ensuring no one is left out or left behind because of who they are or where they come from.
For generations, our Nation's progress has been carried forward by those who act on the obligations we have to one another. Each year on Thanksgiving, the selflessness and decency of the American people surface in food banks and shelters across our country, in time spent caring for the sick and the stranger, and in efforts to empathize with those with whom we disagree and to recognize that every individual is worthy of compassion and care. As we gather in the company of our friends, families, and communities -- just as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag did centuries ago -- let us strive to lift up others, promote tolerance and inclusiveness, and give thanks for the joy and love that surround all of us.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 24, 2016, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together -- whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors -- and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-third day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
Fool doesn't know accurate history for starters! Lessons Pilgrims learned as they starved was socialism DOES NOT work!
Thank you for reminding us of that important piece of history that is no longer taught!
George Washington can rest in peace.
I reckon we owe our America to the Wampanoag.
Boy, howdy. This has been a day for me. All this time I have been guilty of praying to the wrong deity.
Thanks Obama. You are truly a piece of work, and it shows.
But wait a second. Did the Wampanoag grow the trees to make the sails and the ships and invent the dirt and the rain and the seeds to grow food and create turkeys and mashed potatoes and stuffin with gravy and cranberrysauce and invent the continents and the seas and the sun and the moon?
In other words Obama, you and your bullshit didn't build anything.
Think we can get the jerk deported? He hates America, he's G.Soros Jr!
Washington told no lies and Obama told no truths
Two pictures are worth two thousand words. Thanks and have a good thanksgiving.
Beautiful Proclamation by Most Honourable George Washington!
How anyone can read what G. Washington gave on that thanksgiving day in his own words and not believe that this country was founded on God and our Lord Jesus Christ is beyond understanding. He has put it in words that many times over give the glory to God Almighty and no where to himself or to the founders. Truly a great man in our history that our children probably never heard of and never read these words.
Thank you Heavenly Father for such men to begin this great nation and help us Lord to not let it slip away as long as we are here. We bow our knees to thee God and give you thanks in the same way as George Washington.
I'll give thanks when this SOB is gone from our the peoples house and all the Illegal Aliens and muslims are gone from our God fearing Republic that will truly be a time to be thankful .
I find it hard, to view these two men even in the same article. A man , possibly the greatest man in History compared to a shiftless, artificial American, sorry, doesn't compute. One an Impostor, a hater, and evil. One despised, one loved. One, who gave his all to build upon on the Foundation from God. The other unworthy of any mention. Obama is going to be nothing but a horrible memory. George Washington will live in annals of History forever, the Father of our Country.