Thursday, 1 February 2018

The two-dimensional president.

A few weeks ago, I returned to Richard Nixon’s presidential library in Southern California, where visitors watch a short film on the career of the 37th president. At one point in that opening video, the Nixon biographer Evan Thomas makes a deceptively simple statement.

“History is made by humans,” Thomas says. By which he means that even the greatest humans among us are indelibly flawed, and Nixon, as it happens, was more human than most.

I found myself ruminating on this observation after I heard it, and again as I watched President Trump deliver his first State of the Union address this week. Because as we look back on Trump’s first tumultuous year in office, it seems to me that what’s really missing from his presidency is exactly this — the basic humanity.

By Batt Mai.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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