Secretary of Twitter? A plea to the President Elect.
I find it concurrently intriguing and baffling how two people can read the same news or social media post and interpret it in entirely different ways. There has never been a greater example of such than the recent presidential election and the polarization which has followed, including the most recent “Meryl Streep vs. Donald Trump” divisiveness.
Supporters of President Elect Donald Trump love him for his no-nonsense, blunt and politically incorrect commentary, which is vastly different than the polished presidential rhetoric to which Americans have become accustomed.
Non-supporters have described him abrasive, inappropriate and insensitive, including calling his late night Twitter postings “angry rants” and “unpresidential behavior.”
I’m suiting up with virtual armor as I write today’s post, as I fully anticipate some backlash for my opinions.
It’s worth noting that I’m not necessarily what one would describe as a staunch fan of the president elect, nor was I committed to his opponent. Honestly, I’ve never struggled more with a presidential election. But it’s important to understand that we, as a country, need to come together for the greater good, a topic I addressed in a prior post titled, “Dear America.”
The unfortunate reality is that we cannot unite as long as half of our nation continues to find the president elect’s actions, whatever they may be, offensive. It’s a situation that I believe should be directly addressed by President Elect Trump.
So presented today is a little rhetoric that I shall call, “If I were President.”
My fellow Americans,
As January 20 approaches, I continue to prepare for the tremendous privilege with which I have been entrusted, that as the leader of this fine country. The road to the presidency has been paved with a mixture of great moments and turmoil, eager anticipation and harsh opposition, and, unfortunately, a divisiveness that no patriot wishes for these United States of America.
While I am grateful for those who have believed in my efforts, I am also very much aware that many have not, and still do not, support me. And that is what I wish to address today.
What makes this nation great is that we are all different, in our beliefs, in our opinions and in our actions, and are blessed with our freedom to enjoy those rights. To that end, I am no different. Though I have celebrated many of the milestones achieved, even long before my bid for president, and while I look forward to the many achievements still to come, I also stand before you and acknowledge that there were times I could have handled things differently. For the mistakes I have made, I humbly apologize.
As we move forward, I want you to know that it is my intent to lead this nation and represent every one of its citizens with fairness, equality and support of the diversity of this melting pot that is America, the greatest country in the world. And in return, I ask this much of each of you: please set aside your opinions, your beliefs and the fears that have been fueled not only by who you believe I am but also by how I have been represented—or in some cases, misrepresented—by others. I’m asking you to give me a chance. Let me prove to you that I have your best interest at heart, and that I can, indeed, lead this nation to new heights for a stronger economy and the greater good of humanity. I pledge to you to continue to listen, to grow, to learn and to work diligently to understand the depth and impact of every decision I make on your behalf.
The bottom line is that we still are all in this together. And it is only through unity that we will grow stronger.
So whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, Independent or a member of any other political party, you remain, first and foremost, an American.
It is my hope that a year, two years, four years from now, those who have doubted my intentions and my capabilities will look back upon these early days and realize that the choice made through our democratic process was the right choice for our nation and its citizens.
I am honored and look forward to serving as your President.
Alas, I am not President (nor would I ever desire to be.) And I admit that it’s highly unlikely that a speech such as this will be delivered, however healing its potential.
And so, conversely, I propose an alternative option:
Mr. President Elect, please consider appointing a Secretary of Twitter.
It could be a step in the right direction. I fully believe it’s possible to deliver the same messages you wish to convey, albeit with a bit more diplomacy and tact. It’s unlikely that this action will offend those who have supported you and your efforts. But it could do wonders to soften the attitudes of those who have not, and still do not.
Never underestimate the power of 140 characters.