Dear Mr. President,
I read your tweets this morning in which you excoriated the “mainstream fake media” for its reporting of your first 100 days as president of the United States.
With all due respect, sir, you are wrong, the media are correct.
Your first 100 days haven’t been the greatest in the history of the presidency as you have stated.
The attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed; your effort to ban entry for those from Muslim-majority countries has been struck down twice by the federal courts; you haven’t touched the North American Free Trade Agreement, which you vowed to repeal on “day one” of your presidency.
Sure, you’ve signed a ton of executive orders. But you seem to have ignored the criticism you leveled at Barack H. Obama for governing at times via executive fiat. His doing it was wrong, but your doing it is right? Are we supposed to believe that, sir?
You’ve gotten into those snits with our allies in Australia, Germany, Mexico and Canada. You’ve decided to launch a trade war — for crying out loud! — with Canada over milk and lumber imports. That leads to success? I don’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong, Mr. President. Your dismal first 100 days doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a failed presidency. You can still have success going on from here. I hope you do succeed, sir, but success in my view depends on whether you’re going to work with Democrats in Congress.
I’ve tried to drive home the point in this blog, sir, that governing is a bipartisan team sport. It is far different than campaigning for high office. Sure, your base still loves you. I am not one of those who voted for you. I wanted Hillary to win.
Here’s the thing: You’re my president, too. I consider you to be duly elected. However, I expect you to take my concerns under consideration as you decide which policies to push.
You vowed to “unite the country.” You haven’t done it, Mr. President.
So, please stop bragging via Twitter about your self-proclaimed fantastic success. You are imagining it, sir.
The reality out here is quite different. Many of us are frightened about what the immediate future might bring.
Listen to us as intently as you listen to those who continue to stand tall behind you.
Oh, and one more thing: Stop bragging about winning the 2016 election. We get it. True leaders look forward — to the future.