I write on Heartland Now to share my perspective as a Maryland transplant from Indiana. I do this to compare the different regions, but my true hope is that through my personal experiences, readers see that from region to region, red state to blue state, we aren’t that much different. We are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. We are Americans who love this country. We may disagree on policy, but we argue because we care. They usually don’t let me write on politics and I usually don’t say too much because there is so much out there that I feel like I’m not adding to the conversation. With the recent opening of Communications Director for the White House, I thought I’d share a speech that I wish the president would give.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I won’t take up too much of your time.
Today is a new day. In my short tenure as your president I have been greatly humbled. I ran a great campaign and as you know, I like to tell you about it every chance I get. The 2016 presidential campaign was ugly and divisive. In my acceptance speech, I vowed to be the president of every citizen. I have failed in that respect, but today is the day when I truly become the leader of all Americans. This doesn’t mean we won’t continue to fight policy battles. Our country has been an ongoing experiment where those with different perspectives argue for what they think is best. We debate with passion because we care. Many times it gets personal. But we do it because we want our children and grandchildren to live in a world that is better than what it is today.
Today I commit to you that I will be a leader that encourages civil dialogue. I will no longer send out disparaging tweets and attack the characters of those who disagree with me. I will encourage Democrats and Republicans, and Bernie Sanders, to work together for solutions that make us a stronger country.
I’ll continue to push for more secure borders, but I will be empathetic to the human impacts of public policy. I’ll continue the fight against radical ideologues that seek to do us harm, but I’ll do it in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the safety of our Muslim brothers and sisters who love this country. I’ll continue to push for fair trade that protects the American worker, but I’ll quit the rhetoric of unrealistic promises.
I realize that many of you do not like me and I can blame no one but myself. I obviously have some ego issues, but that same ego forces me to refuse to go down as a failure. I’ve talked about being smart. I am definitely smart enough to realize when something isn’t working. As the American hero John McCain recently said to his colleagues, “we are getting nothing done.”
Today we focus on win/win items that will benefit all Americans. Issues that will bring us together. Issues like infrastructure. Issues like jobs. Issues like education.
Today, I simply ask for your forgiveness. At the same time I ask for your hand in cooperation. Together, we can be an unstoppable force for good. I realize that one speech will not change your perception of me. Trust will be built through an accumulation of everyday actions that support my genuineness. The best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging. That is what I’m doing here today.
I am reaching out to each and every one of you. In the words of my 2016 opponent, we are stronger together.
Thank you and God bless America.