So, Donald Trump decided that blaming Barack Obama in part for a chemical attack that happened in Syria over the past weekend, was actually the presidential thing to do.
Now, I’m aware that the Obama administration wasn’t the best in some areas, but that doesn’t mean that the whole country should now be punished with the presidential equivalent of that guy in your office who tried to frame you when he broke his own chair.
l mean, seriously, when have we ever had an American president so willing to pass the buck, and blame everyone else for all of the shitstorms that happen on his watch? Doesn’t the job descriptions for the President of the United States kind of infer that the applicant be capable of taking responsibility for the past, present, and future of the United States while they are in office?
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here”, in essence saying that the Office of the President of the United States is where the buck passing of responsibility should ultimately stop. I guess he felt that, by the time someone had ascended to the Office of the President, it was assumed that they would be capable of shouldering the burden of responsibilities expected of a president. And while most presidential candidates are attracted to the powers that comes with the office, it’s not free. The powers of the presidency come bundled with the consequences that accompany each and every decision they are required to make.
But more than that, every President inherits the consequences of everything done in the name of the office of the president, prior to the day they walk through that door. And of course, by the time somebody runs for President, you’d expect they know how to put on their big kid pants and restrain from gloating, or blaming others… You know, like a leader would do.
It’s hard to lead when you spend all of your time bobbing and weaving.
Of course, all of this applies to the next poor bastard elected after Trump is done hollowing out the Oval Office, and selling the parts off to the highest bidder.