Carlos by Carlos Santana

Carlos by Carlos Santana

Emotions are still running high after Barack Obama delivered his last State of the Union address as President of the United States Tuesday evening.

Musician Carlos Santana was particularly moved by the President’s words to the citizens of America. Wednesday afternoon he shared this open letter to the POTUS on Facebook expressing his gratitude for the way Obama has led the country during the past eight years — and shaming presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Dearest Mr. President Obama,

I witnessed your speech last night. I am deeply inspired, encouraged and profoundly grateful for your words. Your consciousness soars with clarity and divine purpose. Your articulated your views, subjects and comments with compassion. You made me feel how blessed we are to share life with your leadership. Even more than any other President I have witnessed (including JFK). Your words of spirit and global healing, unity and harmony for the betterment of the world….not just the USA. I pray for your continued safety for you and your family. Regarding Mr. Trump….I remember when I was a child living in Tijuana…I often crossed the border to visit the San Diego Zoo. I would hear loud screams and commotion in the distance. As I came closer to the sound, I noticed everyone was staring at an ape in a glass cage. The ape was staring back at the crowd that gathered. With an angry look of disgust, the ape defecated in his hand and threw it at the crowd. This is what I hear when Mr Trump speaks. He lacks consciousness as well as integrity. The Republicans and Mr Trump are selling hate and fear. That is the opposite of what our Country stands for. Let’s go forward with light and love into the future. Global Peace is within our grasp in this lifetime. Pull humanity up, take the high road and look at the aerial view. Peace on Earth now, not later.

With deep respect and admiration,
Carlos Santana

Of course Santana’s post was not without criticism from commenters who declared they no longer respected or would support the Mexican artist as a result of his support for the President. But with 23,000 likes and running on Facebook, it’s clear most of Santana’s fans know what’s up: The nation will be losing an amazing leader and humanitarian this November.

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  • Kwazi Style

    Beautifully written

  • [email protected]

    Carlos Santana is a musical legend. He’s a genius and regardless of a man’s or a woman’s ideological views, any person should be treated fairly. I don’t agree with the White House on every issue, but I do realize that the far right has issued slander, disrespect, racism, and other vile rhetoric against the President, his beautiful wife, and his children. That is wrong. Much of the gist of Santana’s words wants tolerance and respect for our neighbors regardless if they are immigrants or not. It is obvious that Donald Trump (who has spewed sexist, racist, and anti-Muslim remarks) and many of the Republican candidates not only lack consciousness, but they thrive on hatred, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and Islamophoia. These reactionary extremists lecture people on sexuality, on moral values, on terror, etc. Yet, many of them are adulterers, war mongers, and other people with lax integrity. Fundamentally, the whole of the human family deserves equality and justice. The whole of the human race should experience compassion, love, and dignity. Therefore, I am inspired to carry forward what progressive heroes stood for (like labor rights, the rights of women, an end to imperialism, racial justice, and a revolutionary change in our world society). That is what we desire. It is true that we can make a difference and it is worthwhile to make a difference too.

  • Mary Burrell

    Mr. Santana expressed himself eloquently.

  • Cher

    Why did he DELETE IT? The post is gone.

  • veronica Alleyne

    what he said, I couldn’t put it any clearer