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At a certain point, this nation needs to ask itself what it wants. Do we want a mere president, a humble and self-sacrificing leader who will go about the thankless work of steering this teeming ship toward a slightly better tomorrow? Or do we want a President, a brash and bold man (yes, man) of action who will be our shining, glorious avatar, greeting the world awash in pomp, saying loudly and with purpose, “I am America, here is what the free world looks like”? Many of us pretend to want the former, but of course in truth we all want the latter.
Which is why it’s so strange to see all this outcry about the fact that our current President, Donald Trump, reportedly wants to ride in a golden carriage when he visits England this fall. Everyone’s all, “The security concerns are massive,” and, “Barack Obama didn’t make the Brits do that.” Well, yeah. And that’s the point. Security concerns should be massive, and Trump should be doing things that Obama didn’t do. Because Trump is our capital-P President, the world’s best man, deserving of all the security in the world, and certainly deserving of a beautiful ride in a golden horse-drawn carriage through the merry streets of London. Which is what the administration reportedly wants, and it will get.
There is precedent for heads of state riding in a golden carriage with the Queen (oh, yeah, the Queen is part of this). Most importantly, Vladimir Putin did it in 2003. And you can’t have your best friend do something cool and not then not do it yourself. What some lily-livered hand-wringers are complaining about is…
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