Critics were stunned that President Donald Trump skipped a visit Saturday to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France – where U.S. war dead were being honored – because of rain. They zapped him with a a series of tweets showing Barack Obama in downpours honoring those who fought in wars in what was bound to be particularly galling to the president.
As many as 1,800 American soldiers killed in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood are buried in the French cemetery. But Trump ditched his planned visit and stayed in his hotel room because of unspecified “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” according to a White House statement. Instead, a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly traveled to the cemetery 50 miles outside of Paris by car. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were among the world leaders who made the trip.
Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames, a member of the British Parliament, blasted Trump as “pathetic” and “inadequate” for failing to show up.
Twitter responded with scads of photos of Obama campaigning or speaking at various events in the rain. A number of them featured the former president in pelting rain honoring veterans or those killed in battle.
This is a real leader @realDonaldTrump. The rain…seriously? You have no idea what we go through in war and that's why us Vets should hold a special place in society. Thank you @BarackObama for being a pure class act! #Resist pic.twitter.com/M6uWy7m06c
— Doc T. (@Recon7997) November 10, 2018
A real leader supports our fallen men and women in uniform in the rain, snow, sun, day, night, at home or overseas. True leaders do this because it is not about them, but those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Shame on you @realDonaldTrump. Thank you! @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/3hBpoLGQrV
— Erik Wells (@Erik_Wells) November 10, 2018
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) November 10, 2018
Hey @realDonaldTrump here’s a picture of President Obama in the rain supporting his American troops on Memorial Day. Sad to know you’re too much of a gerber baby to go outside to pay homage to our American hero’s. pic.twitter.com/309elqRiXw
— Zach Dendas (@Zdendas1) November 10, 2018
— Jessiand2 (@Jessiand2) November 10, 2018
— Matthew (@BRSMatthew) November 10, 2018
This is what a real leader looks like. pic.twitter.com/5lDDQXxKUb
— Louise Seeley (@liberrygirl65) November 10, 2018
— Andre (@aandrefpeltier) November 10, 2018
You commemorate wars, not celebrate them. Also, you don’t pull a no-show because of rain. What a joke of leadership and respect. Thank God @BarackObama wasn’t afraid of melting in the rain. pic.twitter.com/mJlvoTEoC0
— Bethany Primrose (@BethanyPrimrose) November 10, 2018
This might be my favorite pic of Obama. And it's in the rain. pic.twitter.com/ipRHsHu23l
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) November 10, 2018
On the left we have trump speaking France about Veterans Day in the rain. On the the right we have Obama speaking on Veterans Day in the rain. pic.twitter.com/WVKUV8lDQ9
— Dirk Dirkleton (@Derek_Hennett) November 10, 2018
— katgal (@katgal2) November 11, 2018
Obama in the rain…. Notice Michelle is using the umbrella..What difference between the two men! pic.twitter.com/PZqlsC52gc
— Concetta (@conbontalk) November 10, 2018
Trump is not a leader of our military! See examples of Presidents who really valued our Troops and showed they mattered! pic.twitter.com/gk4eZioqfk
— Dutch Aunt (@justthinking014) November 10, 2018
President Obama takes stage on Memorial Day in the rain. pic.twitter.com/6clLHibhmK
— Jeffy "Help Wanted" Sessions the Thoyd (@JeffytheThoyd) November 10, 2018
— Darrell "#BlueWaveWon" West??? (@DarrellWest1984) November 10, 2018
President Obama wasn’t scared of taking a helicopter in the rain. https://t.co/1EngPxUYg7
— STHannigan (@sthannigan) November 10, 2018
Can you imagine if #Obama blew off a #war #memorial #ceremony because of the #rain, and instead sat in his hotel watching #cablenews and #tweeting on his phone? Mitch McConnell would have personally thrown him an #impeachment party
— christine (@courtlyn2) November 10, 2018
Obama wasn’t the only one featured in the rain in Twitter messages attacking the president.
.@justintrudeau drops umbrella (& the mic): “As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet, and our hair gets wet…it’s all the more fitting that we remember on that day in Dieppe the rain wasn’t rain, it was bullets.” pic.twitter.com/lRUTRtt5FB
— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) November 10, 2018
This is what real world leaders were doing today while you sat in your hotel bed and watched TV.https://t.co/t77b4WNESH
— Just say no to autocracy (@Soldier_Cynic) November 11, 2018
Let's all take a moment to remember those presidents who carried out their duties even when water fell from the sky. pic.twitter.com/sV63E6jzfg
— Abraxsys (@Abraxsys) November 10, 2018