The advisor is pondering how to get ready for the next visit by President Obama. One central question bothered him and stymied his every attempt to be a good Advisor. He had to look long hard at his journals extending back to the time of George Washington to find a poorer example of an Advisor doing a worse job of advising the President. The question was why. Why did the President act the way he did? Some of it can be attributed to personality. Some to background and experience. As he was thinking over his problem, the Advisor began to write in the Journal what he did know.
The President has clear socialist ideology.
He also has a very thin skin for a politician.
President Obama is not a bad or evil person. He is a good father and husband.
He isn’t seeking more power for the Executive and the Office of the Presidency for the sake of increasing power for himself.
He knows he has only three more years in office and will not try to change the two-term rule.
He dislikes any opposition, particularly the conservatives Republicans.
He loves to lecture, like a wordy prosecuting attorney.
He is a very accomplished speaker when a talking from a teleprompter, not so good off the cuff.
He is concerned about his legacy.
The Advisor put down his pen. Okay, Mr. Advisor, has that little exercise helped? Not really but he will soon be here and I’ll ask him. He is very willing to answer most of my questions. He knows I have great respect for men who serve two terms as president and what he says here stays here, in the journal of course.
The man will be here in ten minutes. I’d better get the coffee on. It’s 12:30 PM but he will still drink a couple of cups. Day and night are the same to me.
No sooner had the President seated himself and reached for a cup of strong black coffee when the Advisor said, “Mr. President you look tired. May I ask you a few questions while you rest a bit?”
“Go ahead. Everyone else does. And I know you are not seeking any advantage. But why do you need to ask me anything?”
“I’m at sort of an impasse in figuring out how to advise you. You’re the only human window I have to the outside world. Why did you want to become President of the United States and what accomplishment do you want to look back upon after leaving office?”
“Both questions are really the same. The reason I ran for the Office is to earn the legacy I want to look back upon after my last three years.
“It’s not because I want to achieve great wealth. I’m already richer than I ever thought I would be. Ex-presidents do well financially and so will I. Power is the real reward. Imagine having the power to make real change in America and the world. I want to be the president who brought true Socialism to America. More profound than the so-called European system. You may think I’m an elitist and in some ways I may be. But I have visceral reaction to those who hold great family wealth that is passed on generation after generation. I want to be the architect of a society where everyone has the same opportunity because the power associated with wealth has been redistributed. As with individuals so I want it to be with nations. The United Nations will be the arbitrator of international disputes, not the military might of America’s armed forces. My ideology will not be distributed by force. I consider myself to be the first President who is a true world citizen. I also believe that investment by the federal government is necessary to grow the economy. The private sector and the free market theory cannot be wise enough or consistent enough for us to depend upon their brand of magic. Next question?”
“Mr. President, you have given me enough think on. I thank you for your candor. I will use your thoughts as I get ready for the next time you decide to come down here. I hope to be able to improve my advice and make it more relevant to your goals.”
As the President went back up the tunnel to his real world of constant challenges, daily criticisms, and problems without solutions, the Advisor decided to jot down the meeting in his journal which, like all the others, would not be seen by any historian as they unknowingly distort history.
This fictional account of a meeting that should have happened but didn’t is by the author of the Brandon novels. The author has 27 years of Government service, including two years serving President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s as an advisor. Considering today’s volatile political situation, you are encouraged to share this on Facebook and to click the “like” button below. Comments and dialogue are welcome.