I love movies. For those of you out there who love them, too, this is a glorious time of year. The movie God in heaven gives us the release of arguably the best movies of the year in these few months leading up to the award shows.
Just when we are shivering in our coats, hats, gloves and boots from the onset of winter; we can hunker down in front of the big screen and be transported to other places, other times and, for those couple of hours, the problems of our time and our world are held in abeyance.
I was going to write about the Golden Globe awards, the first major awards show of the season, which was televised on Sunday. So, I began searching various media outlets on Monday for background. I found the big story being reported about the Globe’s event was not centered on the winners or losers. Guess who captured the headlines? Yep, it was our President-elect Trump. The acceptance speech given by Meryl Streep apparently got his goat resulting in what is now becoming familiar; a snarky attack tweet of his own. Her comments and his responding tweet became the headlines of the day.
Outspoken celebrity recipients of awards have often used their time at the mike to express their views, political and otherwise. Whether one thinks that to be appropriate or not, we in this country do have freedom of speech. And usually those celebs’ comments would be included, often as a mere footnote, in the coverage of the event and immediately forgotten. But, when the President-elect takes offense and instantly zips off a nasty tweet; the world takes notice.
This behavior is truly unprecedented. In fact, it is only one minor example of the unprecedented actions of our next President. As I began to think about that adjective — unprecedented — which has been used over and over to describe both the candidate and his election, I realized it to be, indeed, the adjective best suited to define the extraordinary events of the 2016 presidential election.
Unprecedented. While the meaning, “without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled,” certainly applies to our president–elect, I find it particularly ironic, even a bit eerie that, if taken phonetically, the word "unprecedented" could raise a few eyebrows. “Un-president-ed”
But isn’t that “Unprecedented-ness” exactly why the president–elect garnered so many votes; his persona of “not your Grandmother’s type of President?”
There are so many opportunities for Mr. Trump to use his unique persona for the benefit of this country; to use his unprecedented approach to the office and our country’s problems, for the good. But must he be “un-presidential” in the process.
On Wednesday, President Obama gave his farewell address to the nation and, as with all previous Presidents, his demeanor was certainly presidential.
So, I ask, does an unprecedented candidate have to become a President that shows no restraint and reacts in such an “un-presidential” way?