I don’t remember what segment of NPR it was, or who was being featured, but I remember one thing he said. It’s given me a lot to think about over the past few weeks. This particular guest was asked if he thought Trump’s overtly discriminatory attitudes disqualified him from being presidential material and his response was, “Look, I view the president, and really every member of the government, as someone who’s there to do a job. Like a plumber or a builder. They’re there to fix something. I don’t care what they’re doing or saying when they’re not on the clock. They’re there to do a job and that’s it.”
At first, I thought this was a unique way to look at it. Down to a point – yes, no bullshit, they’re there to fix something. But then I started really thinking about that sentiment, and I began to wonder if that was perhaps a too-narrow way to look at the most powerful offices in the land. They are indeed there to fix stuff, don’t get me wrong. But aren’t there moral responsibilities that also go with the job? Can you really look at the office of the president through the lens of a plumber or builder?