Reflections: Presidential decorum -- or the lack thereof

This is not about politics, policy or partisanship. This is about Presidential demeanor – or the lack thereof. There is a stark decorum gap with President Donald Trump. No President has ever been so un-presidential in public.

His behavior, which seemingly has no filter, is demeaning to his office and his country, with the potential to impact our culture and values. His boorish behavior and ill-informed arrogance are lowering our standing in the world. Trump brings a bludgeon to the delicate ballet of foreign policy. A President should have a bully pulpit. He shouldn’t be a bully.

If he indeed is a very stable genius as he describes himself, why doesn’t he realize that his bizarre behavior overshadows his accomplishments?

Why doesn’t he realize that the ability to lead the country depends on one’s behavior? Instead, our President is an incredible lightning rod for division.

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As President, Trump should be a source of inspiration and have a positive influence on citizens, but instead he is pugnacious, inspires divisiveness and clearly can make a bad situation worse.

A year into his Presidency it is abundantly clear that the gravity of the Oval Office has not tempered the man. The Donald has trumped the dignity and class of the White House with a raucous circus with him as the ringmaster. Someday Oliver Stone is going to make an epic screenplay from all this.

President Trump, whether with his tonsils or thumbs, is an insult machine. He still is campaigning, putting in some hard licks on his sculpture, chiseling his image as Mr. Mean. His supporters mirror swagger and chutzpah; his detractors mirror disillusionment and despair.

Trump fancies himself as a populist, but that only seems to resonate with his dwindling base. Perhaps his least Presidential trait is that Trump eagerly bestows greatness upon himself.

The humble Abraham Lincoln must be rolling over in his grave.