If we, as responsible citizens, are proud to share our participation in the democratic process by wearing a sticker proclaiming “I voted” after committing the patriotic act, shouldn’t the President, ideally America’s most responsible citizen, be afforded the same opportunity to display his pride in his participation in the process that makes our nation work?
I think the answer is obviously yes. But how can he do this in a manner that is noticeable without being obscenely obvious? He makes speeches on policy and the state of the union. He presses flesh and at least pretends to be interested in the will of the American people. News programs tell us of his trips to visit foreign dignitaries and of their visits with him. There is coverage of White House dinners and even his personal life is the subject of public scrutiny, but all these are to be expected. These are very visible bits of his job and they are the Presidential norm. We are not at all surprised to see such things from our Commander in Chief. In fact, if we were to be deprived coverage of these activities perhaps we’d be a bit concerned that the man in the Oval Office wasn’t up to the task. I’m sure he enjoys his privacy but this is one of the sacrifices he must make and one we all expect from the highest of public servants.
So, what can he do? What is that extra little bit of outside-the-box thinking that could reassure us that our President is, in fact, working hard behind the scenes to make our country a better place to live and work and raise our children? The answer is quite simple and would resound nicely with the American people. He just needs to be given an “I vetoed” sticker to wear upon his lapel every time he exercises his patriotic right. Not only would this help him appear as nothing more than a normal citizen of the United States doing his duty it would also reassure his countrymen (and women) that there is someone behind the wheel tending to the minor corrections needed to keep the country on course that we don’t often see.
Anyway, just a thought. I might even order a roll printed and send it on up to His Electedness.
I bid you adieu and a don’t.
Adieu…keep an eye on the President’s lapel. One of these days, my little idea could be as big as cardboard coffee sleeves.
A don’t…forget that, sticker or not, there is someone in a mildly oblong office striking down, well, whatever it happens to be. Just remember, if the President won’t let it past his desk, it probably wasn’t in anyone’s best interest anyway…or at least we all hope that’s how it works.