And that became very clear this week as two former presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama –showed a level of grace and class that has been missing for much of the last three-plus years, and especially over the last few months as the country (and the world) has battled coronavirus.
He then added that he had seen an amazing spirit rise in the country in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks and that “I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America.”
The combined effect of words and deeds by the two men who preceded Trump in office was striking. This is what leaders do in times of crisis for the country. They offer not empty promises, blame and boasts but rather reassurance that we can do this — only if we do it together.
They remind us of our shared humanity and our common decency, traits we need to remember in this moment more than ever before.
The Point: Donald Trump has long claimed he is “modern-day presidential.” I’d prefer him to be just presidential. And he’s got two great role models in how presidents act in crisis — if he’d just listen to them rather than attack them.