Monday, 9 May 2016

The Reality Presidency

"This is not entertainment, this is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States. What that means is every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to ... exacting standards of genuine scrutiny."

-- President Obama, in describing why Donald Trump doesn't understand the job

After seven years and fifty-odd appearances on various comedy shows.....one might sit back and wonder if the President really understands what a reality show is, and how he himself made it into a Trump-like reality show.

The job of the President of the United States to convince the public that he can manage the US government, wheel and deal to get legislative matters accomplished, conduct the foreign affairs of the nation, and be some sort of inspiration across the nation and globe.  Up until thirty years ago, nothing about the job involved entertainment.  I think toward the end of the Carter administration, with the TV chats and trying to reassure people that things were tough but they would get better.....we got our first dose of reality Presidency....at least since the FDR days.

Nixon couldn't entertain folks too much because he was drunk from noon on each day.  Ford was mostly in a daze about getting the job and discovering what it meant to be a full-time employee now.  Reagan?  He entertained through his speeches....avoiding any kind of reality situation.  There's limited value via Clinton or Bush in terms of entertainment, but with Obama?  Oh, we got a dose each week with different background drops, different interviews, and various gimmicks set up to make the reality seem real.

As much as one might define the Kardashian reality show, the Survivor Show, or Jersey Shore as fake but real.....one might go and even say the eight years of the Obama administration was mostly a fake reality show as well.

What happens if Trump wins in November, and we get American President Apprentice for eight years?  For some reason, I think people will mostly forget President Obama and his legacy within five years.  Trump knows reality inside and out, and every single day will be some gimmick devised to keep the public entertained and waiting for the next moment of wisdom or insult thrown out there by President Trump.

Oh, I agree, it'd be great to go back to the Eisenhower years and get barely two mentions a week on national news of what President Eisenhower was doing or how his golf game went.  But we've gone past the point of no return.  It's reality TV, and in eight years.....we won't be happy with any marginal candidate for president unless they have reality values.  Face it.....even the Darkdashian clan has a chance in 2024.....for the presidency.