The president got booed at Game 5 of the World Series.
Some thought this was the most hilarious thing they’d ever seen, while others set their hair on fire, whined about it being a major threat to the republic, and claimed it was downright un-American.
The president got booed at a baseball game. The only thing more American than that would be if the crowd at that game all stuck a feather in their hat, and headed to the courthouse to change their names to Yankee Doodle.
You know why they booed the president?
Because they could.
Simply, he’s the president. He isn’t King Donald, I or Emperor Donnie, and he wasn’t placed in office by the Almighty. He was elected by people, which makes him accountable to all the people, and not all the people are going to think he burps sunshine. Some are actually going to think he’s a dunderhead..
This isn’t a Donald Trump thing or a Republican thing. Republican, Democrat, whatever, the fact is at least half of the country is going to think any president is a dunderhead; and the Constitution guarantees those peoples’ right to express their displeasure.
Deal with it..
As such, I believe the republic will survive the president getting booed at a baseball game. As a matter of fact, the president getting booed is the best thing. You know who never gets booed? Kim Jong Un and Vladamir Putin. And the fact is there are lots of people who want to boo Putin and Kim, but booing autocrats is hazardous to your health. Booing the President of the United States isn’t just an exercise in freedom itself, it also invites the president to the wondrous world of humility.
That’s especially important for President Trump, who frankly spends way too much of his time around people who think the sun rises from his navel and sets in his … vicinity. All that praise has only further inflated an ego that could stand to be deflated a few pounds per square inch.
In fact, I think the Constitution should be amended to require the president and all elected officials spend at least an hour a day with their critics. Critics are a lot more likely to tell you the truth than supporters will.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the president should go out and get pelted with rotten veggies or anything like that. I just think he’d do very well to stop basking so much in unearned praise.
A good start in this interest would be to take a page from Abraham Lincoln, and appoint a few political enemies to his Cabinet.
The problem with that, of course, is the president labors under the belief that differing with him is the same as hating America. In fact, there were a number of the president’s supporters who claimed the crowd at that baseball game weren’t booing the president, they were booing America.
Well, I hate to burst that star spangled bubble, but no, they really weren’t booing America. They were BEING America. We live in a country where expressing our displeasure with leaders is a basic right. And that expression is guaranteed wherever and whenever; including, but not limited to the Op/Ed page of a newspaper, the park across the street from the White House or even between innings of a World Series game.
I’m quite sure there will be those who will complain that what happened at Game 5 was a display of disrespect for the office of the president, but it really wasn’t. Most folks are capable of multi-tasking; meaning you can boo the president and respect his or her office at the same time.
More than anything, though, I have to repeat that it’s important the President of the United States realize the job isn’t all praise and State Dinners. Presidents have to deal with their critics every bit as much as they get to bask in the praise of their supporters. It’s what Mr. Truman meant when he said people who can’t take the heat should stay out of the kitchen.
Craig Carter is an Ontario resident and can be reached in care of The Argus Observer, 1160 S.W. Fourth St., Ontario, OR 97914. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of the Argus Observer.