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Actor Comes Under Fire For Tweet About Obama

An actor recently made a comment about former President Barack Obama on Twitter that has some people up in arms.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up to the microphone on Tuesday to announce what many folks already knew. President Donald Trump had decided to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

While the decision was expected, the commentary still came rushing in. As the Huffington Post shares, even a former president would feel compelled to respond.

That man was former President Barack Obama, who installed DACA with the understanding that it would be reviewed at a later date. Obama took to social media to offer up a lengthy statement on Trump’s decision. Let’s just say he’s not real happy.

It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today.

"And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future,” he wrote.

“I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.”

Actor Chris Evans, of ‘Captain America’ fame, was among the many to take to social media in the wake of Obama’s statement.

“Thank you. I was starting to forget what a president is supposed to sound like,” he wrote.

As Obama sees it, in spite of the deferred nature of the program, it’s become one that’s essential - and he doesn’t see any wiggle room on that.

“Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be."

"What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation,” he added.

“That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.”

As a general rule of thumb, former presidents resist the urge to comment on the actions of their successor, at least in such a public fashion. While this is an issue that Obama obviously feels passionate about, he may have inadvertently opened up a can of worms that he can’t close.

In any event, we all know how he feels about the decision, but there’s not a whole lot he can do about it.

Source: HuffPost
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