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At One Time, It Was Not All About The President

By  |  October 9, 2017, 09:36am  |  @claytonfelts


On Sunday evening, President Donald J. Trump once again showed his frailty with the following tweet.

What bothers me the most about this tweet is despite being the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, and Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military the world has ever known, President Trump cannot stop being narcissistic. Instead of showcasing the toughness and resolve of the Puerto Rican people, he had to put, “I’ve done.”

The best leadership is doing the right thing, not becasue of self, but because it helps others. Here is an example.

On Nov. 9, 1989, President George H.W. Bush watched as communism was defeated and the Berlin Wall fell. This was no small feat. The world literally changed that day. The man that served with such distinction as a World War II hero, U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the U.N., chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, Vice-President, and President pushed away celebrity and fame and instead remained behind the scenes when the concrete came down.

When urged by his advisors to visit Berlin, Bush refused to celebrate, saying, “what would I do, dance on the wall?” Why, did the President say this? “Looking back,” former Secretary of State James Baker answered this very question,”one of President Bush’s outstanding traits was his humility, and particularly his insistence after the Iron Curtain fell that Americans not gloat about our victory.”

Bush knew he had serious business left. It was not like Gorbachev and leaders in the Kremlin disappeared that day. He knew that in that moment, he actions would later play a key role in maintaining peace. After all, he was also the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, and Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military the world has ever known.

President Bush understood that when you actually achieve valor, no thanks is necessary. In a different time, the President of the United States was someone humble. Someone you could be proud of. Someone that when victories came, he refused to gloat.

Man, I miss those times.