Depending on which news source I read or listen to, you are either suffering from dementia and need to be impeached, or you have the right to defend yourself and are revealing a corrupt news media. You are either defeating ISIS or ruining the country's health care.
When I found this paragraph in David McCullough's 1776, I was drawn, as if something great had been lost, to the present situation.
On November 1, 1800, just before the election, Adams arrived in the new Capital City to take up his residence in the White House. On his second evening in its damp, unfinished rooms, he wrote his wife, "Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."
The second president of the United States prayers were answered when Abraham Lincoln entered the White House. He worked tirelessly to save the union, consciously worked with his opposition, fought to finally make good the words from the Declaration of Independence. He was pained by his enemies, he ached from every soldier's death. He earned the nickname: Honest Abe.
Mr. President. What will be your nickname? Not the ones already bestowed by your enemies, but by the faithful Americans who believe you will make the nation great again.
President Adams' prayers were answered when John F Kennedy entered the White House. Yes, he is plagued by the rumors of his infidelities, but he was an honest man when he spoke to the nation on October 22, 1962 about the Cuban Missile Crisis. While consulting the best minds, seeking an array of opinions, he worked tirelessly to avert the obstinance of a flashy, prideful Khrushchev and a spiteful Castro. He called upon the lessons of the past, of the runaway incidences that led to WWI, to remind himself of the possible outcome of his own pride. He was patient, he walked in the shoes of the Kremlin, the Russian people, the American people. He backed down to soothe the adrenalin that leads men to war. He was sobered, not empowered by his sacred responsibilities.
Mr. President. What will time reveal about your crucial decisions?
Prayer was answered when Jimmy Carter entered the White House. Yes, he is noted as one of the worst presidents of the United States. He presided over one of the worst economic downturns, waded through the energy crisis and oil shortage and made the horrific mistake of showing compassion to America's buddy, the Shah of Iran when he needed cancer treatment. When he didn't send the Shah back to the mouth of the Iranian tiger, he paid the heavy price of the American Embassy seizure. His attempts to rescue the hostages failed miserably. But when Carter was defeated, when he sat in the highest office as a lame duck, he refused to act lame. He worked tirelessly to see those hostages released--and they were--on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the next President of the United States. President Carter continues to work with honesty and moral fortitude as he strives to help the downtrodden and homeless of our nation. Mr. President. What will time reveal about your honesty and transparency?
John Adams and Heaven smiled when Ronald Reagan stood up to detente and claimed it's what the turkey and the farmer share until the eve of Thanksgiving. He was bold enough to call out the Evil Empire. He was bold enough to create a defensive deterrent, and the great and abominable communism fight that had crippled our nation for too many years--was gone.
Mr. President. None of these men were perfect. John Adams, the president of prayers spent years feuding with his one time vice president. When Jefferson defeated Adams, it was another important revolution in that an exchange of leadership and ideoligies had taken place without bloodshed. Their personal feud continued beyond their presidencies. In their later years, both men were relieved to end the feud and continued to converse through letters almost until the day they both died--the 4th of July 1826, 50 years after they came together to sign one of the most important documents of the eighteenth century, The Declaration of Independence. When they worked together, great things happened. Mr. President. With whom and how will you work to preserve the sacrifices of the past that created the United States of America?