By Bob Resch. Purple Walrus Press.
We've all witnessed over the first 30 days of President Trump's
administration the constant maligning of a group of hard working
They are the photographers, television broadcasters, journalists and
radio announcers that report the news of the day. The Media. The
Press. The 4th Estate. Call them what you will, but they have an
important job. Keep the public informed on happenings locally,
nationally and globally.
President Trump prefers to call them Fake News. Phony. The
Opposition. The Enemy of the public.
These comments have troubled many Americans for the past 30 days and
at long last somebody came forward as the Voice of Reason.
I hope you saw President George W. Bush on the talk show circuit
presenting his book "Profiles in Courage". He hand painted
pictures of many of the wounded Vets and told their stories of service
to the nation. It was quite moving. The Today Show host, Matt Lauer,
asked some tough questions. 43 reiterated that in 2001, when he took
the office of the Presidency, the Nation was very
divided..........until 9/11. He said "the enemy did a good job of
He was also asked about his feeling about the Press. His words spoke
loudly and proudly.
"I CONSIDER THE MEDIA TO BE INDESPENSIBLE TO DEMOCRACY. POWER CAN BE
VERY ADDICTIVE, AND, IT CAN BE CORROSIVE. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE
MEDIA TO CALL TO ACCOUNT THE PEOPLE WHO ABUSE POWER."
Finally! Somebody who's been in the highest office in the land
telling it like it is!
In other words, people who live in glass houses should not throw
stones and if they do they will be questioned.
It's easy to forget how people constantly made fun of George Dubya.
Remember Will Ferrell's take on 43? Hilarious! There were cartoons
galore. Books about his butchering the English language. But, he
stood there, like a rock, and took it. He bit his tongue on many
occasions. He knew how to be Presidential. A lesson the current
President should learn. Maybe growing some thicker skin would help in
addition to a better, not bitter, sense of humor.
We all have a Voice of Reason that resides within us. We just have to
learn to listen and respond to it.
Bob Resch. PWP.