“The office of the presidency is what’s important, no matter who’s in it.” Powers Boothe
Who is your favorite American president and what about him would you like to emulate?
Monday is President’s Day. It’s the day set aside to honor those who have been president. When I was a kid we celebrated the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln on two separate days. We don’t do that now, everyone gets lumped into one day.
Altho’ this way we are honoring the office, we don’t take time to consider each president, his qualities, his successes and failures. For example: there have now been 45 presidents, and I can’t name them all. Can you?
This begs the question, is it important to know who our presidents were / are? If so, why?
As a kid I was taught that Washington was to be respected because he led our armies to victory over the British. When he had the opportunity to be crowned king he turned it down. Hence, we have presidents and not kings. I was taught he was honorable and always told the truth (George Washington and the cherry tree….).
I was taught that Lincoln led the fight to remain one country instead of two within the continental United States. He cared about the inequality of treatment for blacks. He worked hard and never took failure as a final answer. He lost more elections than he ever won.
FDR got us through the Depression and World War II in spite of his polio and physical disability. JFK got us into space and to land the first humans on the moon. The Ronald Reagan legacy was to once again feel hope and a sense of pride in being American’s. And the list goes on.
As a kid I was taught that our presidents were heroes: someone to emulate, someone to respect. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned there was another side to those in the office. However, flawed, imperfect, mistake-ridden they were, they were human. and leaders of our country. And the office they fulfilled for good or bad still exists.
If Monday is more than a day for shopping sales, taking time off, catching up on unfinished work, how about taking a moment or two and ask yourself:
- Who is my favorite president?
- What about him and his presidency makes it my favorite?
- What about them is worthy of emulation?
If you are at all inclined, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the meantime: Happy President’s Day
FYI: Powers Boothe, June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017, was an actor and voice actor. He married his college sweetheart and together they had 2 children. He has several films and voice overs to his credit.