1.21.2021 – President cannot

President cannot
remake society – good thing –
definitely!

In a an interview with David Remnick for an article that appeared in the January 27, 2014, issue of the New Yorker Magazine, President Barack Obama said:

I just wanted to add one thing to that business about the great-man theory of history. The President of the United States cannot remake our society, and that’s probably a good thing.

Mr Remnick wrote that, “He paused yet again, always self-editing.”

“Not ‘probably,’ ” he said. “It’s definitely a good thing.”

Definitely a good thing.

Lets hope President Obama was right.

The quote also reminds of story that goes the other way.

The way I remember it President Eisenhower was asked at his final press conference if he, the President, felt that any reporter had hurt or harmed the office.

The story goes that Eisenhower paused for a moment and looked at the crowd and then said, “Well, I don’t think so. And when you come right down to it, there isn’t much a reporter COULD DO to the President.”

Are these two stories illustrations of the separation of powers or checks and balances or maybe that it just how a democracy should behave.

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