Posted by: morgan1965 | July 29, 2017

A Presidential Pretender?

This week (July 17-21, 2017) has been painfully dramatic in the life of Washington politics. The week began with POTUS tweeting his discomforts with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who has been a loyal supporter. There have been new revelations about Jared Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials.  On Monday, POTUS gave a highly, politically laced speech to 40,000 Boy Scouts who were in attendance at their national jamboree in West Virginia.

By midweek, the nation learned that the Secretary of State was going to take some time off, after six months on the job. There apparently is some unrest in the State Department. Abruptly on Wednesday, POTUS tweeted his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate again failed in their seven-year effort to repeal Obama Care. POTUS in response criticized the Senate Republicans for their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

By the end of the week, POTUS seemed to endorse police brutality in a speech to the law enforcement community on Long Island, New York. In addition, he ousted his chief of staff.

Our nation elected a president who seems to be failing in his task of being presidential. Among his many campaign promises, Donald Trump made several top promises.

  1. ‘Build a wall’ on the southern border – and make Mexico pay for it
  2. Temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States
  3. ‘Bring manufacturing jobs back’
  4. Impose tariffs on goods made in China and Mexico
  5. Renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership
  6. Renegotiate the Iran deal
  7. Leave Social Security as it is
  8. Cut taxes
  9. Take the oil from ISIS
  10. Full repeal of Obamacare and replacement

Evaluate for yourself the progress he has made on these promises, whether you favor them or not. It takes leadership to fulfill campaign promises.

Presidential leadership, among other things, is based on truth, integrity, collaboration, cooperation, mutual respect and perseverance.

I am reminded of an old rock song, “The Great Pretender,” that was sung by the Platters:

“Oh, Oh, yes I’m the great pretender

Pretending that I’m doing well

My need is such I pretend too much

I’m lonely but no one can tell”

Is our president in a world of his own? Is he playing some kind of a political game? Is he presidential, or is he just pretending? Is he a pretender, one who makes false allegations or unjustified claims?

Think about it! And draw your own conclusion.



  1. No thought needed on this one. He is, in fact, as The Platters sang, THE GREAT PRETENDER. God help us all.
    Blessings to you and Eleanor,

  2. You captured Trump correctly! The Great Pretender is a good depiction of what “we the people ” a faced with. It is not only a sad commentary on who our president is, but this ” great pretender” is dangerous. We the people must stop playing the recording and become actively engaged in speaking truth to power!

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