Dear Mr. President

File/Associated Press President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan after the House pushed through a health care bill in May. The president needs to take hold of both himself and his agenda to see it through.

Dear Mr. President,

 

There’s a running gag in the disaster spoof movie Airplane in which deadpan passenger Leslie Nielsen repeatedly opens the cockpit door and tells the crew in crisis, “I just want to tell you both, good luck and we’re all counting on you.”

That’s our more serious message to you today, Mr. President. We’re all counting on you.

Even those who didn’t support your election, and bitterly oppose you to this day, are counting on you – whether they cherish the thought or not. This country, this economy, needs you.

With mighty executive powers and a robust bully pulpit, presidents have a singular capability to harness the political winds and alter lives and reshape the nation. Because of America’s vast influence, that carries the potential to buffet billions around the globe.

No other individual in human history had so much sway over so many.

And, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and like literature, awesome power can either reveal character or change it.

As a newspaper company that heartily endorsed your election, Mr. Trump, we believe you want only the best for America – and, notably, for each American. It’s interesting, and sad, to see so many on the left try to paint you as racist when, in fact, we believe you’ve shown your heart to be quite the opposite. Those who won’t give you a chance are largely only hurting themselves.

Further, your background as a businessman has taught you how unique and imperative our individual liberty is – and how crucial it is to unleash pent-up potential by cutting the shackles of taxation and regulation and letting us live our lives as we choose.

As we write this, we’re confident you’re going to do just that. And we can’t wait.

Of course, Republicans in Congress have been more than slothful in putting your agenda into action. They seem to have forgotten why we elected you. They’d better wake up and get their job done.

As for Democrats – we’ve never seen such mass animus toward a president. They’ve yet to accept the election results, and never will. And they’re in the early stages of what looks to be a four-year – perhaps eight year – virtual sit-in. They seem to have ceased all efforts to help govern. They find it more appealing to merely protest and obstruct.

It all comes down to you, Mr. President.

No pressure, mind you.

Ironically, as breathtakingly powerful as a president is, it’s all the more illuminating to consider his limitations. Paradoxically, though he has the most power of any individual in history, in many ways he has less than the CEO you used to be.

It is beyond an elected president, in this country anyway, to order his universe as completely as a CEO often can. There are political and judicial forces that form a formidable headwind. And while the media should merely be a questioner, these days they seem more of an executioner.

Where a CEO can command, a president must persuade. And even when a president has the power to do something, it’s sometimes best he not – such as the firing of the head of an agency, the FBI, that is investigating your associates.

Now it’s been reported that the special counsel appointed to head the Russia probe is also investigating whether you committed obstruction of that inquiry.

While many of our conservative friends are crying witch hunt – understandably, perhaps, since there’s not a shred of evidence you colluded with the Russians in last year’s election – both the special prosecutor and his reported investigation of you are a direct result of your own actions, most notably the firing of James Comey.

And your tweets.

We realize you feel Twitter is the best way to get around the hostile media to the people. No doubt. But in many cases you’ve become your own worst enemy – distracting all of us from your accomplishments and plans, stoking the opposition, and keeping your administration’s own bugaboos going.

We beg you, Mr. President: Put down the smart phone and pick up the mantle that has been handed to you. Quit fanning the flames that others have set at your doorstep. Let the inquiries go on while you laugh off your critics’ derision, as your predecessor was so adept at doing, and focus like a laser on improving our lives. Replace the nosediving Obamacare, reform and lower our taxes to get our economy moving briskly again, and don’t be dissuaded from keeping us safe.

You’re on the right track. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked.

Good luck, Mr. President. We’re all counting on you.

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