Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break. Along with all the typical Thanksgiving activities, I took some time to do some reading and expand my horizons. More on that in future posts, but in the process of doing said reading, I came across the following quotes. Can you guess who said them?
"Your business, and your brand, must first let people know what you care about, and that you care about them."
"Leaders, true leaders, take responsibility for the success of the team, and understand that they must also take responsibility for the failure."
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
And my personal favorite:
"Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make."
The author of all (unless if now he's claiming he never said these): New York real estate developer, celebrity and television reality show star, and 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
How many dozens-- or hundreds-- of investments would this President have been the wiser and the better not to make within the last ten months? And I'm not even talking about issues of policy, because I for one knew that this administration would be extremely conservative, unconventionally so, in its policy. And I'm not even saying in terms of politics, because we all know during the election of 2016 that Donald Trump is not a man who wins arguments based on principles or on being a political trader. He wins through attempting to bully and beat his enemies-- regardless of the side of the aisle senseless through berating and insulting people.
What mystifies me about this administration is how quickly, the Office of the President of the United States has seemed much smaller, and maybe even undeserving of the honor and reverence it has acquired over the last 240 years. Let's imagine if any of the following had happened in the last few decades:
Former Texas Rangers co-owner and 43rd President George W. Bush spent time criticizing Major League Baseball for attendance and ratings drops (or Bud Selig's presence as Commissioner);
44th President Barack Obama feuding with Dennis Rodman over his visits to North Korea, and boasting that "The Worm" should be thankful Obama allowed him to go;
40th President Ronald Reagan fighting with Bruce Springsteen when the rock star criticized Reagan's playing of "Born in the USA" as a campaign anthem;
42nd President Bill Clinton criticizing the family of a lost servicemember who he called to express condolences of his passing; or
41st President and former CIA Director George H.W. Bush going to CIA Headquarters the day after inauguration and boasting about the size of the crowd, while failing to acknowledge the setting.
But yet this President has done something similar to each and every one of those things. And it's only taken ten months to do it.
Words really can't describe how I feel every time this President says or does something that is simply foolish or unbecoming of his office. I would suppose that the President feels denigrating a White House ceremony for the Navajo Codetalkers by taking shots at a Democratic Senator is his privilege. But the basic truth of the matter is this. If this President wants to show his smart mouth and his nasty wit, he has plenty of opportunities to take them. He certainly does take them. But to take away from time reserved for celebrating the achievements and sacrifices of Americans-- and for the Codetalkers, this was apparently their first invitation to the White House-- it's just disgusting. More than classless, racist, insulting, crazy, or just mean. It is not what a leader does. Much less what a President does.
I'm not foolish enough to think that anything I just wrote above will change a damn thing. And I can't wait for the comments to come about how ridiculous and "libtard" I am. But if you are proud of the way the Oval Office's current occupant wears the mantle of the President, then you, Chuckles, are in the great minority. And maybe you should do some thinking and consider what that means.
Let's be careful out there.
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