I’ve let a week go by since the results came in that gave us Donald J. Trump as the next President of our United States of America.
My state, New York, and the only other of the 50 that I resided in, for six of my coming-on 59 years of life, Maryland, were two of the few that gave its electorate college votes to Hillary Clinton.
Onondaga County, where I live here right next to the city of Syracuse, went for Clinton. So I was one of those voting citizens who was somewhat surprised that political outsider Trump, he of the fast-trigger comments and considerable negative press, won the election.
But I am not writing about that recent past. There’s simply too much at stake.
I come here today instead to deliver some hopes for the middle of January. I have a wish list for Jan. 20, 2017, the day he’s sworn in as President Trump on West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. I won’t get too deeply political. There are enough sites staffed by more savvy sorts certified and certain of which they write to serve you on that front. I speak instead from the gut and the heart. Those are the places he seems to have connected with to those so solidly behind him.
I caught the 60 Minutes interview Sunday night, and our next President indeed seem different already.
√ May he be humble, remembering that in fact more American people voted for Clinton than him.
√ May he be tolerant, realizing that people of many lands have worked hard for centuries to make this country their home.
√ May he be wise, knowing that not only must he allow America to be great, but figure out how to make us fit into a great world, too.
It’s time to come together for something special, please. It’s a tough job.
So much is in his hands.
I caught the 60 Minutes interview Sunday night, and our next President indeed seems different already.
What’s your biggest hope for the new president?