Friday, January 20, 2017

An Open Letter to President Donald J. Trump

Dear President Trump,

Today was a historic day. Once again, the wheels of our democratic republic turned and you became the 45th President of the United States of America. While I haven't always agreed with you, I eagerly tuned in to watch you take the oath of office and, while I admit that I am a bit nervous about our future, I am also filled with hope, pride, and a grand vision of the future. Every four-years, we Americans give one person the opportunity to unite 350 million people and change our part of the world for the better. In 2017, you, Mr. Trump, have been given this awesome opportunity.

Your campaign was often filled with divisiveness, vitriol, anger, ridicule of your opponents, and late night Twitter rants against your enemies. Now is the time for you to begin the hard work of repairing relationships, building bridges instead of walls, and bringing together a country that is bitterly divided. It is time to lead by example and 'bury the hatchet' with rivals and show how presidential you really can be. It is time to show that you understand that you are no longer the CEO of a successful organization or a reality television host but you are now the leader of one of the most important nations of the world. Instead of having the well-being of a few thousand employees of Trump Organization in your hands, you now have the well-being of hundreds of millions to worry about. It's a huge responsibility and, honestly, one that would leave most men paralyzed with fear and uncertaintity.

As I watched you take the Oath of Office today, I saw a man of confidence, a man sure of his future course and the course of the powerful nation that he now leads. I took heart in the fact that you are smart and know to surround yourself with the best people who will help you lead this country. I, like millions of others, am willing to put aside my uncertainty and give you a chance. You have the chance to either make this country amazingly successful or a total failure. You now have that power in your hands. How will you use it?

Lastly, while I don't always agree with you, I am not willing to stand in total opposition against you. Eight years ago, I stood against the Republicans and gave a little know Senator from Illinois a chance and it was the right gamble. As an American, I owe the same to you and I will proudly give you that chance. I'll be watching and I will be praying for you, but I will give you a fair chance.So welcome, President Trump. Welcome to the toughest leadership position that you will ever hold. Today, I stand with you as a proud American, a little bit scared, but filled with an unyielding home for our future. You are my President now and I, and millions of others, do not wish to see you fail. We stand ready to do our part to "Make American Great Again".

Are you prepared to lead?

A Hopeful American


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