I voted for him. I went to the inauguration, stood in the cold for 4 hours, walked all over the capitol looking for a way out when it was over. Heck, I cried at the inauguration. I still think I voted for the right person. But I am sick to death of hearing him talk.
We voted for all of you, contributed to your campaigns, pay your salaries so that you will spend your days doing the hard work of figuring out what should be done. We have let you know what’s important to us. We will do our best to re-elect you if you do your best to do the right thing. Just stop expecting us to hold your hands through the entire process. We have our own jobs to do.
OK, ignorant people are easy to fool. Politicians lie, idiots believe what they say. I can’t fix that, and here’s some news: you can’t either. You can’t play Socratic method, because they aren’t intellectually honest. Many aren’t capable of that kind of debate. Many simply react to code words or construct their talking points to appeal to their constituencies. So stop trying. Listen to them, call out lies (quickly, simply, and bluntly) when they appear, and move on. Tell us what you’re going to do. Period.
The problem with our last Pres. isn’t that he decided things without reaching consensus, it’s that he was too dumb to make good decisions. You’re not. Make them. Cut to the chase.
I wish you had held your comments for the end. I wish you had said “Here are some inaccurate statements made at today’s session.” Then “here is the truth.” (Responding ‘you’re right’ to McCain would have been a nice touch.) And finally “here is what we are going to do.” Bullet points. Five minutes, tops.
Then I would feel a little less concerned and a little more confident about our government.