Thinking Forward – Being Presidential

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Thinking Forward - Being Presidential

Have we lost the art of being presidential? Is everything now a bully campaign of “like me more because you hate the other candidate” so much? The spewing of lies and misdirection from both campaigns has driven many of us moderates to dislike both candidates. (And no, I’m not voting for Johnson- who gets high with regularity a wants to colonize other planets - to lead our country.)

This past Friday, President George W. Bush spoke to a room of about 1,500 people in Downtown, KC. I was honored to be in attendance and listen in person as President Bush fielded questions from Peter Mallouk of Creative Planning. The questions ranged from the economy, terrorism, Russia, China, 9/11 and a few questions of how he and his family are doing.

What We Mean By Beig Presidential

In that room on Friday, President Bush was very presidential. Meaning, he didn’t flip-flop or second guess the issues he stood for when he was president. He was humble, had great command of the stage and the room. He held a gracious demeanor throughout his talk and he poked fun of himself a few times.

He mentioned that when you are the President, everyone turns to you for answers and direction. Sometimes you need to be out of the room so debate can take place because no one argues or disagrees in front of the President. President Bush said to be an effective leader, you must execute a strategic vision and direction for your staff. You must know what you don’t and surround yourself with intelligent people who do know.

Being Presidential

President Bush said the economy was a weak point of his and he addressed this early on by asking Hank Paulson and appointing Ben Bernanke to work with him in Washington. He was thankful to have them advising him when The Great Recession took hold in 2008. President Bush said “I wouldn’t change a thing we did to save the economy caused by Wall Street. We’ll never know if we prevented a depression. What we do know is that we recovered.”

As I sat in that room I thought about the debates coming on Monday night and our two candidates- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Regardless of whether or not you liked President Bush, I was convinced that neither of them would be half as presidential as Bush was on Friday.

Thoughts On The Presidential Debate

Now Tuesday morning, I stand in awe of what I witnessed last night. Nothing we saw followed a true debate format. Trump kept interrupting Hillary, Lestor Holt was fact-checking all night, Hillary’s nervous smile and smirking throughout, plus the candidates strayed completely off subject during the debate. Regardless of who you thought won the debate, I personally did not care for the flow of the debate and Lestor Holt’s inability to keep control of the setting.

Now Tuesday morning, I stand in awe of what I witnessed last night. Nothing we saw followed a true debate format. Trump kept interrupting Hillary, Lestor Holt was fact-checking all night, Hillary’s nervous smile and smirking throughout, plus the candidates strayed completely off subject during the debate. Regardless of who you thought won the debate, I personally did not care for the flow of the debate and Lestor Holt’s inability to keep control of the setting.

What’s clear from the debates is we have two candidates on completely opposite sides of major issues. Trump wants to drastically cut taxes; Clinton wants to raise taxes. Trump wants to spend more on defense and American protectionism; Clinton wants to spend more on social programs like free college for everyone. Trump wants to reduce regulations; Clinton wants to increase regulations. It seems that both of them are trying to please the middle class of America.

Let Me Know Your Thoughts

I’d love to hear from you. What are you feeling today about the debates? Are we headed in the right direction? Are you worried about how your money is invested? Which candidate do you believe is better or worse for the Economy? Email me directly: bryan@retirewithtrue.com

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