Updated 07:31 PM EDT, Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Obama vs Trump: U.S. President Highlights Tolerance & Equality in Anniversary Speech Marking the Abolition of Slavery

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Donald Trump may be getting good approval ratings from Republicans, but that doesn't mean that the incumbent president is a fan. In a thinly veiled jab at the business mogul, President Barack Obama, in his speech marking the end of slavery, called for Americans to "to remember that our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of where they come from, or what they look like, or what their last name is, or what faith they practice."

While he did not make any mentions of a specific religion, Obama's speech, which received a standing ovation from the crowd in Emancipation Hill, came just two days after Trump proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

However, USA Today noted that White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, said to reporters that the president's remarks were "a consistent part of the president's message to the country" and not inserted into his speech due to Trump's proposal. Earnest did say though, that directing the speech to Trump is still appropriate, adding that "I'm not going to wave you off consideration of the idea that that message stands in quite stark contrast that we hear from a variety of Republican candidates for president."

Obama's speech emphasized that Americans are betraying the efforts of the past if they fail to denounce "bigotry in all its forms." Speaking to both political parties, civil rights activists, and dignitaries, Obama mentioned that "At its heart, the question of slavery was never simply about civil rights. It was about the meaning of America, the kind of country we wanted to be."

He also added that the fight for freedom is far from complete, indicating that America once again condemns themselves to "shackles," should they fail to answer those who wonder if they're truly equals in their communities.

Obama noted that cynicism and fear should not overwhelm Americans, as it will deny them the possibility of progress. He said, "All it requires is that our generation be willing to do what those who came before us have done -- to rise above the cynicism and rise above the fear ... to see ourselves in each other, to cherish dignity and opportunity not just for our own children but for somebody else's children."

The Guardian noted, however, that while the president called for unity, his remarks were more focused on paying tribute to leaders of the abolitionist movement in the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglas.

Listen to the entirety of President Obama's speech below:

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