There’s a hashtag going around #NotMyPresident and at first I was like, “HELL YEAH. HE IS TOTALLY NOT MY PRESIDENT.” But as we get closer and closer to the inauguration I think, He is my President and I need to treat him as such.
I will call him out when he’s not living up to the standards I expect. I will voice my opinion against legislation he supports. I will protest agendas that I do not believe better our country.
And I will even be open to offering him praise if the situation calls for it.
I voiced my distaste for the Obama administration when it pushed for a national ban on smoking in public housing without any coordinating funding for efforts to help those struggling citizens give up this addictive habit. I’ve criticized Obama’s efforts in VA reform as I haven’t felt like it’s been enough and I’ve felt like he’s protested some of the changes I felt were necessary.
He was very much my President. I voted for him twice. And I expected him to serve with dignity and I called my representatives when I wanted to protest or support agendas the President was pushing.
I will hold the next President to the same standards.
Just because I didn’t vote for him, doesn’t make him my President. He is our President and it’s up to us to demand he act as such. We must voice our opinions with our representatives and protest and rise up to fight for the things that we believe in. Just because we call him President doesn’t mean we voted for him or even approve of him in the position. But it does me we hold him accountable and we expect him to meet the standard of decorum that the office deserves.
He is my President. However hard it is for me to accept. And I will spend the next four years making sure I play my part to make sure my voice is heard along every step of the way.