Friday, January 27, 2017

Wonder What's Going through These Minds?

Living former U.S. Presidents
It’s been a rocky first week for President Donald Trump as he’s tried to ease into the space between mega-celebrity, business mogul, and President of the United States.

For a moment, let’s step back one week to that moment that he became the 45th President of the United States. All of his living predecessors were there except for one who had every excuse not to be, but I wonder what the Ex-Presidents think about the current occupant of the office.

You can bet Jimmy Carter will be the first to speak out. The 92-year-old cancer survivor has been slowed recently by health problems, but he still stands as an example of what to be when you’re a former President of the United States. The humble peanut farmer is usually honest about his feelings, and that’s at times seemingly put him at odds with the other former presidents.

George Herbert Walker Bush is a loyal father, but I don’t think you’ll ever see or hear the 41st President of the United States speak an ill word about Trump. It’s not his style. H.W. Bush is the most infirmed of the former presidents, but his mind seems sharp. I would assume you’ll hear something out of the former First Lady, Barbara Bush, before you’ll hear it from George.

Bill Clinton is a bit of a wild card. Clinton staunchly defends his record, and he even did so at the expense of Barack Obama a few times. Clinton has modeled himself a bit after Carter and has worked with both Bush 41 and Bush 43 on a number of projects. Pressed directly for a quote, I think Bill would speak out against Trump.

Like his dad, George W. Bush seems content to be retired. As has been well-documented, W. would be more comfortable painting Donald Trump than speaking out about him. As a couple, I think we can bet to hear the least out of W. who did seem to relish that temporary limelight of being back in Washington again last Friday.

That brings us to the most recent occupant of the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Obama won’t leave the game, in my view. I have a feeling that we’re going to see Obama continue to wield power as a former POTUS because the current one will leave a vacuum only the former can fill. Give Barack some time to settle into private life and I guarantee we’ll hear from him sooner or later.

In short, I think you’ll hear from the Democrats. I don’t think you will hear much from the Republicans. Secretly, all five former living presidents will probably look forward to the day that the current occupant joins them in January of 2021.

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