Too many people said the three corrosive words during the eight years that George W. Bush was president.
Another group that included too many people have said the same corrosive three words while Barack Obama has been in the White House.
The cries are starting to echo again as we move closer to Donald Trump assuming the presidency.
“Not My President.”
The man in the White House is the President of the United States. You are free to like or dislike him. You are free to like or dislike his politics. You are free to like or dislike his personal conduct.
But he is your president. He’s mine, too, even when I disagree with where he stands on most political issues.
I’m not telling you to stop speaking out on the issues. I’m not telling you to stop speaking out about your dislike of the man in the office. I’m not telling you to stop holding the president accountable.
I’m asking that you eliminate three words from your political rhetoric: Not My President.
Barack Obama has been our — yours and mine — president for eight years. In a few days, he will hand over power to Donald Trump. At that point, Trump will become our — yours and mine — president.
If you didn’t want Obama to be your president, you had only one option: Surrender your American citizenship and move somewhere else. (Betcha you didn’t do that.)
Same song, next verse beginning this Friday: If you don’t want Trump to be your president, give up your citizenship and move somewhere else. (Betcha you won’t do that.)
Let’s move on.