On the morning of Saturday, April 14, less than 24 hours after approving a bombing run by American jets in Syria, President Donald Trump tweeted out a celebratory response. And the precise words he chose carried echoes of the beginning of the Iraq war back in 2003, and people on social media definitely noticed ― in short, Trump's "Mission Accomplished" tweet sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Trump sent out the tweet at 5:21 a.m. ET, and it immediately drew a lot of attention. He hailed the involvement of the French and British militaries in the airstrikes, and concluded with a flourish that probably sounds very familiar to anyone who came of age during the administration of former president George W. Bush.
"A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military," Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. "Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!"
Back on May 1, 2003, then-president Bush staged a dramatic jet landing on an aircraft carrier, and delivered a speech to the nation about the state of the Iraq war just weeks after it began. Behind him, on a banner draped across the top of the carrier, were the words "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED." The mission wasn't actually accomplished, however; the Iraq war would last for another eight years. It's fair to say that the comparison got people on social media a little riled up.