That’s right, you are now the leader of the free world.
You warmly clasp hands with the Chief Justice, smiling broadly having just taken the oath of office to “. . . preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The assembled crowd cheers, members of congress applaud, the new Speaker of the House steps forward to shake your hand. You turn, step up to the podium, smiling as the applause and cheering slowly subsides.
“Mr. Chief Justice, Madam Speaker, President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, President Carter, Madam Vice President, Members of Congress, Reverend Clergy . . . my fellow Americans . . .”
Now it’s your turn. What does your inaugural address sound like? How will you set the tone for the next four years?
What do you say to an America weary from years of contentious politics, still reeling from the nastiest and most bitter Presidential campaign ever, yet still divided over questions of philosophy and economy? What do you say to the young people who have lost faith that their future holds the promise their parents and grandparents once held as a given?
What do you say to Congress, whether that Congress is led by your party or the opposing party? What words will you use to strike a path forward towards a government united?
What will you say about the very real issues facing the country at home and abroad; the divisions that pit party against party and neighbor against neighbor . . . issues of class, and equality, and race, and religion? What do you say about the economy, about gun violence and mass shootings, about domestic terrorism? What do you say about our role in the greater world, about what is happening in the Middle East, and certainly about the global terrorist threat?
If you find this to be an interesting exercise I encourage you to take up the challenge and write your own inaugural address. Post it here in the comments section, or on the Don’t Push Send Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/dontpushsend
You have just been elected President of the United States. The microphone is on.
Now it’s your turn Mr. or Ms. President.
What do you say?