On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to share images and some words to commemorate Juneteenth. A comedienne chose that post to plead with the former president to return to the White House.
Barack Obama was one of the many people who paid tribute to the day when the last slaves were freed from Texas on June 19th or Juneteenth as it has become known. He shared a painting showing slaves watching a pocket watch as they waited for the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect at the Oval Office.
The second image was of himself and his family walking hand-in-hand with a large crowd behind them. The march took place in March 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Blood Sunday in Selma.
A number of people tend to reply to Obama’s posts asking him to take up the presidency again. For his Juneteenth post, it was no different with comedienne Kathy Griffin making the plea.
She replied to him asking: “Please come back. To the Oval [Office]. Just walk in and start. It’ll take that crowd at least a month to notice.” Her comment received a lot of support, retweets, comments, and likes.
Someone named Misha King wrote: “I agree the turnover rate is so high they will just think he is a new guy!!” While another Twitter user with the handle @rogrtheshrubber noted: “There's no way that group fails to notice a black man walking in.”
Paul Mayo joked: “No, these folks all notice a POC immediately. They call 911 whenever Ben Carson wanders into the White House.” Someone with the handle @donnainthemix mocked President Donald Trump by stating: “A month?!! How about a few days. They'll know somethings up with his tweet that's A) not about himself B) degrading/bullying someone C) spelling is correct.”
Griffin and Trump have just never gotten along. Over two years ago photos of her holding a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head sparked some massive backlash for the star. The comedienne’s actions were even investigated by federal agents.
She’s never lived down the incident and in March she once again addressed it. Griffin got fired from CNN and during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning's Luke Burbank, she shared her side.
The comedienne stated: "I'm Hanoi Jane, you know? I get it. This photo is gonna be with me forever, no matter what I do." She also admitted that she still received "online and in-person" death threats.
"I was in London a month ago and I had a driver who took myself and my assistant from London Heathrow to the hotel, and he recognized me from the photo and he said that he was from Morocco and that if we were in Morocco he would cut my tongue off. So, that was a long drive!"