Emailed to Aiken Standard for Publication 2330 16 Jan, 2018
Who Is Qualified To Define Presidential
Certainly not me nor you as well.
The sanity of anyone voluntarily running for the office of President of the US should be immediately questioned.
Acting presidential is just that acting. There is no president who can claim to have a clue about what acting presidential actually meant for him. Would you forgive all that you hold against President Thomas Jefferson for being responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. A decision that resulted in the creation of 14 new states. Land from New Orleans to the Pacific. The Purchase was populated with 90,000 individuals half of whom were slaves. Jefferson could never be called anything but presidential.
Harry Truman, President by default and viewed as a country bumpkin, had the guts to drop two nuclear weapons on Japan to end WW II. Would you forgive the "awe shucks" attitude for the most difficult decision ever made by any US President. During his time as president, the public and press thought him far from presidential.
Being presidential, at its root, has nothing to do with outward appearances and oratory, although it helps. What makes you presidential is what you do to improve the conditions of the American people. If you are crude, rude and unattractive in public then your life will be more difficult. However, if you fulfill your promises you made to the nation during your campaign then I, for one, am not at all curious if you appeared presidential while you were actually being presidential. If your constant reversals and confusion caused by your Tweets puts you into holding the winning hand then, by all means.
Our President is completely unpredictable. Never was there a more important personal characteristic for this job. All want to second guess the President. It's a cottage industry. It is a reason why he is so universally hated by the diplomats, progressives and "allies". They never know what he is going to do and that is to his liking for deal making. Like all successful men, the President expects the people who work for him to make his agenda happen and to be loyal. Fail either of these test and you are history with the appropriate language. Not fast enough in my judgment.
By the way, the language used when these "lawmakers" are not on hot mikes makes this shithole word look tame. Did that word cause you personal angst? Were you embarrassed to read it. Did you see a face of the racist Gus Fitch or was it a place for storage of offal. Go to the movies much? If you were to call me a racist for its use, I would profoundly think you a hypocrite. Of course, I believe all those talking heads who spew the bile of racism are also guilty of the sin of hypocrisy.
The face of hypocrisy is politically correct in its diversity: "We will lead from the rear", "What difference does it make.", "I call them my five white men.", "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon". But, best of all: https://www.snopes.com/oprah-winfrey-old-white-people-have-to-die/