On the Origins of the Modern U.S. President

President Donald J. Trump signs an Immigration Proclamation declaring that migrants seeking asylum along the southern border must present themselves lawfully at a port of entry Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Attention: Evolution in Progress

President Trump’s border wall speech last night was better than expected.

Getting it Right Gradually

When American war hero and Republican iconoclast John McCain passed in August 2018, President Trump seemed at sea. When former President George H.W. Bush passed away in December of 2018, Trump behaved decorously, diplomatically with a statesmanesque quality worthy of the passing President.

The 45th U.S. President

A modern U.S. President is facing things Thomas Jefferson never dreamed of, and Thomas Jefferson was so sure that a United States of America would eventually encompass so much, he insisted that the Library of Congress accept even his books on raising sheep.

The Brave New World of 2019

Global trade and international trade agreements aren’t all that newfangled, even if both have radically grown in size and scope over 44 presidential terms.

Good Old Trial and Error

It’s not always fun, it’s rarely pretty, it’s few people’s favorite way to learn, but trial and error works if you work it, after a fashion. No one likes it because it involves making mistakes, gaffes, errors, slips, falls, pain, suffering; but if you are blazing a trail, it’s essential and unavoidable.

Good Advice and When Not to Take It

The other tool any savvy trail-blazer learning on the hardest job in America might use, is good advice from the best experts they can find.

Captaining a Ship Through the Perfect Storm

At least Trump seems to understand that he is steering this ship through a perpetual, unleashing-the-bag-of-adverse winds level perfect storm:

A Ship Can Only Sail in One Direction

In a storm like that, any crew member not on board is lost. Swept away, as every single person on board will be if the crew doesn't work together to sail the ship in the direction the captain has chosen.

Trade is More Profitable than War

One direction Trump seems determined to steer clear of, is war.

President Donald J. Trump holds a press conference regarding the midterm election results Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Subtle Art of Tooting Your Own Horn

The mainstream media is never going to talk about President Trump’s accomplishments. This might be true of any sitting Republican President in 2019, but it is especially true now.

They Go Low, You Go High

How should a sitting President use the power of social media in 2019?

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