Why Donald Trump is the most impactful president-elect since Abraham Lincoln

Okay, sit back down. You’re okay. Breathe. Breathe. You’ll be alright.

I said, “impactful,” okay? “Impactful.” It’s not even a Gates approved word, it underlines red in Microsoft Word. Just relax.

First, lets take a little tour and see some other impactful presidents-elect so you will get a sense of context.

Why Ronald Reagan was a great president-elect

Ronald Reagan made a big impact as a president-elect. He grunted and hummed and winked and whispered and the Iranians released the American hostages even while he was taking the oath of office on inauguration day. He had sent the signals. The Iranians had gotten the message. It didn’t take 8 years. It didn’t even take 8 minutes. Jimmy Carter was still president but we all know why they were released.

Richard Nixon made a big impact as a president-elect. He and Kissinger had agents on the ground in Paris at the peace talks with North Vietnam. Even while LBJ was trying to end the war. Lame duck, President Johnson, could only fume.

Lincoln had to keep Kentucky in the union.

Abraham Lincoln was the most impactful president-elect of all. Lame duck, President James Buchanan was having a 19th century version of a Netflix binge, nobody knew what he was up to, so with the nation being torn apart, Lincoln had to send signals from Springfield, Illinois.

He was trying, among other things, to keep Kentucky in the union and so keep his wife, Mary Todd and her family together. Happy wife, happy life? And happy country too?

Donald Trump best president-elect since Lincoln

Everything Donald Trump has done as president-elect has been impactful and strategic.

His trip to Indiana and involvement with the Carrier Company was hugely symbolic. It said, 1.) I keep my promises, 2.) This administration will be about jobs, 3.) I want it done fast.

Now, I know, the media says that the Carrier Company is only one company and a handful of jobs, he can’t go to every factory. Those jobs are a drop in the bucket.

But a president doesn’t have time to meet with the 2.79 million federal workers in his bureaucracy. They pick up on what he wants by listening to his speeches and by following his actions.

Obama was about giving speeches in the Rose Garden. Trump is about leadership on steroids, showing us by example how to get things done. Before this is over companies will be coming to him with deals that will create more jobs.

Likewise the message to Boeing was clear. You gave a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation and had all of your execs give money to Hillary’s presidential campaign. Now you want government money in return. Well, in the future, companies that want to succeed will do so better by producing products that are of good quality, come in under bid and on time and are actually needed. The day of bribe is over, the new day of supply and demand is back.

Finally, the call from Taiwan shows that everything is on the table. We know what we need from China and what they need from us and the arrangement will have to be more fair.

Changing the rules of history

When Trump delayed in naming his first cabinet officer the media pounced, using a new measurement to judge president-elects. Obama had named his first cabinet officer after three weeks, they said.

But then, lovers of history like yours truly, reminded them that Reagan, Ford, Carter, Clinton, George W. Bush, had all taken six weeks. And when Trump surprised everybody and named off cabinet picks, pop, pop, pop, the media moved the goal posts. The rules had changed. President-elects would henceforth be judged by something else, we will find it, just be patient. It will be something that Trump doesn’t do well.

The fact is, whether he is a good president or not remains to be seen, but like it or not, he is indeed an impactful president-elect. Even a great one. He is sending signals that need to be sent. He is a leader.  And whether he got 40 jobs out of Carrier or 4,000 misses the point. It’s 40 more than any other president-elect has ever gotten before.

Donald Trump has come out of the gate fast.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Why Donald Trump is the most impactful president-elect since Abraham Lincoln

  1. jimshierblog says:

    The Carrier deal is about the military industrial complex. Carrier is owner by United Technologies and this has everything to do with keeping the billions in military spending unperturbed and little to do with air conditioners or where they are assembled. True, that Trump has shown an aptitude for public relations and the Carrier deal is a good example of that. I imagine that he will continue to look for ways to do public relations, in ways that will look unusual for a President. People might have issues with this but at the end of the day, I got the surveys before the election and the way they sent those surveys out and then Trump would go out and champion the issues his followers want, it was and is brilliant. I have no doubt that, so far, Trump has connected with his supporters in a more meaningful way than any politician we have seen in our lifetime, including Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. How this will work during his Presidency remains to be seen. Fingers crossed

  2. Love your passion for history Doug …..AND historical perspective based on FACTS not hysteria ….makes far far more sense than what we hear from the MSM crowds . Could that possibly be because it IS based on recorded “historical ” facts ….and NOT hysterical media bloviating ? How refreshing to read and pass on to all who care to have the input of such background from someone who has actually researched it and been published many times over. I look forward to your comments on each cabinet member …..especially President elect Trumps thoughts behind Dr Carson at HUD vs Obamacare or VA Medical cleanouts ….and certainly on Betsy De Vos ….both are drawing the ire of the uninformed . Maybe Trump will even invoke some of Reagan’s strategies and have “fireside chats ” bypassing the media as Reagan did so well . The next 8 years will be so different from last …..Thank God !!!!!!!!

  3. Doug Wead says:

    Ha, ha. Like you, I am so impressed by the Betsy DeVos pick. It bodes well for education in the United States.

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