Dear Mr. President, "Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother"? It's a song lyric from the musical "The Pajama Game," but fitting here.
There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on those who criticize you for attacking them. If you lowered the rhetorical temperature, you might just add numbers to your support going into the midterms and beyond.
As a businessman, you have focused on results. You often brag about your success in dealing with members of the opposition party in
As one who admires your policies but thinks you can do better when it comes to your demeanor, I offer you the following suggestions I hope you will take to heart.
Let's start with your recent tweet criticizing basketball star
James had spoken earlier in the interview about a school he recently helped open in his hometown of
Instead of blasting James and Lemon, you should have invited James to the
Here's another suggestion. You promote the low unemployment rate and the new jobs that have been created since you pushed for tax cuts and industry de-regulation. As you campaign for congressional candidates, why don't you bring forward people that could not find a job during the previous administration, but now, because of your policies, are gainfully employed and grateful to you? Then you can make the point that if
By proceeding with this positive agenda you put
There are other ways you can promote a positive agenda with an upbeat attitude while avoiding demeaning and demonizing your opponents. There is no better way to make them look bad and petty than for you to look good and gracious.
Try it. You will shock and surprise everyone, most importantly your critics.
The song lyric quoted above about advice has the lead character asking "...or is it all going in one ear and out the other?"
I hope that's not the case with this advice, Mr. President. Sincerely.