It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to write right…so to speak. Think Write Thursday.
This week’s topic from Carole Knits is to write about 3 things I would do if I were President of the United States. Go read her blog. She makes good points.
I support Carole for President!
All joking aside, being President is a tough job. I don’t want it, and after asking everyone in my family if they would be President I have concluded that there will be no State dinners in my future. Since that may be the only upside to being President, I don’t think I’m missing anything.
Admittedly, I did some research to prepare for this essay. I reviewed the Constitution and the President’s job description. I consulted expert opinion (Wikipedia) about what is expected of a President. And I Googled President Obama’s top 400 accomplishments while President.
Yup. 400. You can read that here: Obama’s Legacy
I was a big supporter of President Obama and would’ve voted him in for a third term if the Constitution didn’t prohibit it. *sigh*
A President can’t make legislation. That’s what Congress is for.
And he/she can’t declare war, decide how the federal government budget will be spent, or interpret law. I vaguely recall from POS 1 (aside, that’s not what you think it is, it’s POLITICAL SCIENCE 1; some college bureaucrat must have had a sense of humor when assigning tags to classes) that the Legislative and Judicial branches of the government has those jobs. However, the President can make treaties, veto bills, appoint ambassadors to foreign countries and be a foreign ambassador, entertain foreign guests, grant pardons, and nominate high officials (who can interpret law or create regulations). The President, in essence, gets to be the country’s figurehead. Not just our Leader but our Lead Actor, the Star of the Show. The One Who Represents Us All.
I think you know where I’m going with that…
But before I do, let’s thank our Founding Fathers. We have a super great checks and balances system in the Federal government. I can only guess that Ben Franklin and his buddies at the Continental Congress decided it would be preferable if George stayed out of the way somewhere in a swanky overseas parlor while they created a system that furthered their personal wealth and progress…but hey, it still works today.
Which is a good thing, considering that our Presidents are now Mememinences. That’s Meme + eminence. I just made it up. Bear with me for a moment.
According to Wikipedia,
A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme.
and Merriam-Webster’s definition of eminence
1: a position of prominence or superiority
I therefore propose that our new media-savvy President is a Mememinence.
Mememinence: A person of prominence or superiority who carries (embodies) cultural ideas, symbols or practices that are transmitted through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other
imitableirritable phenomena with a mimicked theme.
It’s a tongue twister, to be sure. Me-mem-in-ence. The word sort of rolls off your tongue after a while.
This is not meant to be either good or bad, as labels go, although I did insert a quasi-bad descriptive adjective into the definition. But I intend for it to describe the modern President’s job of representing the people of the United States as a media star. Someone who entertains you. Someone you can love to hate, because as long as you have an emotional connection you’ll keep watching.
Have you ever wondered how all those really bad tv shows stay on the air? You know the ones I mean.
And do we really want someone like that creating or interpreting legislation? Would you want to be that person? Good thing we have a system of checks and balances.
Something to think about while enjoying this year’s episodes of The