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Presidential Persona

by baldilocks

I’m read­ing Don­ald Trump Is The First Pres­i­dent To Turn Post­mod­ernism Against Itself at the Fed­er­al­ist and, while I’m not quite fin­ished read­ing it yet, it brought up a few thoughts I’d been hav­ing about the president’s per­sona in the action-​packed eight days since the Inauguration.

Our pre­vi­ous two pres­i­dents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, had vastly dif­fer­ent per­sonas than does Pres­i­dent Trump and I think we became a lit­tle too accus­tomed to that ear­lier way of deal­ing with the public.

Pres­i­dent Bush frus­trated many of his sup­port­ers by never answer­ing his crit­ics and never address­ing the many dis­tor­tions about him. Did he ever talk about the found WMDs or Rather­Gate or the non­sense sur­round the reac­tion to Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina in pub­lic? I have no mem­ory of any response. I sup­pose I could look it up and find out, but the fact that no per­sonal defense of Bush poli­cies by the man him­self stands out to me – some­one who has fol­lowed the news reli­giously for quite some time – is telling.

As for Pres­i­dent Obama, his “defenses” of his poli­cies were, usu­ally, not true defenses, but passive-​aggressive ver­bal attacks against those in the domes­tic sphere who opposed him and his policies.

Pres­i­dent Trump is a whole dif­fer­ent ani­mal; not just dif­fer­ent from his two imme­di­ate pre­de­ces­sors, but dif­fer­ent from most national politi­cians in recent mem­ory — espe­cially Repub­li­cans. In short, he is an a-​hole and is not shy about let­ting you know it. And I say that with­out any insult intended. (Of course, it isn’t as if we didn’t know this already.)

I’m of the opin­ion that, out­side of greatly charis­matic types, lead­ers should be jerks. Not out-​of-​control, illog­i­cal jerks, but con­trolled tough guys/​girls who will get things done and who know when to put fire under the back­sides of his/​her sub­or­di­nates. They should unapolo­get­i­cally defend their deci­sions and poli­cies in pub­lic and straight­for­wardly own their mis­takes with­out bow­ing and scrap­ing or ignor­ing them alto­gether. And if the ver­bal attacks hap­pen, they should be straight-​on and not girly about it – even if the leader is a girl.

I haven’t liked every­thing that the pres­i­dent has done in the past week (tar­iff), but I like the deci­sive­ness and the lack of weasel.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

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by baldilocks

I’m reading Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself at the Federalist and, while I’m not quite finished reading it yet, it brought up a few thoughts I’d been having about the president’s persona in the action-packed eight days since the Inauguration.

Our previous two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, had vastly different personas than does President Trump and I think we became a little too accustomed to that earlier way of dealing with the public.

President Bush frustrated many of his supporters by never answering his critics and never addressing the many distortions about him. Did he ever talk about the found WMDs or RatherGate or the nonsense surround the reaction to Hurricane Katrina in public? I have no memory of any response. I suppose I could look it up and find out, but the fact that no personal defense of Bush policies by the man himself stands out to me–someone who has followed the news religiously for quite some time–is telling.

As for President Obama, his “defenses” of his policies were, usually, not true defenses, but passive-aggressive verbal attacks against those in the domestic sphere who opposed him and his policies.

President Trump is a whole different animal; not just different from his two immediate predecessors, but different from most national politicians in recent memory—especially Republicans. In short, he is an a-hole and is not shy about letting you know it. And I say that without any insult intended. (Of course, it isn’t as if we didn’t know this already.)

I’m of the opinion that, outside of greatly charismatic types, leaders should be jerks. Not out-of-control, illogical jerks, but controlled tough guys/girls who will get things done and who know when to put fire under the backsides of his/her subordinates. They should unapologetically defend their decisions and policies in public and straightforwardly own their mistakes without bowing and scraping or ignoring them altogether. And if the verbal attacks happen, they should be straight-on and not girly about it–even if the leader is a girl.

I haven’t liked everything that the president has done in the past week (tariff), but I like the decisiveness and the lack of weasel.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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