It’s a fan­tasy that any pres­i­dent can “fix” the U.S.

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “When a di­min­ish­ing pres­i­dent is a good thing,” July 30 Ge­orge F. Will col­umn.

Thank you for Ge­orge F. Will’s col­umn. He points to our col­lec­tive fan­tasy that a new pres­i­dent will “fix” us. This fo­cus on pres­i­dent as sav­ior must have started with FDR’S re­lief ef­forts, among des­per­ate cit­i­zens. Fol­low that with a world war, and the pres­i­dent as com­man­der in chief rises above Congress and all oth­ers as the na­tion’s leader. But that was not, for ex­am­ple, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s job. He “presided,” but he did not rule. His cel­e­brated moment came when he re­turned mil­i­tary power to the new civil­ian gov­ern­ment. “Com­man­der in chief” did not im­ply power to con­duct war­fare in­de­pen­dently.

How­ever, we have al­lowed crises to drive out Sen. John Mccain’s “reg­u­lar order.” Will says that we are lucky to have such a sorry ex­cuse for a pres­i­dent, since now we all must see the folly of our qua­dren­nial quest to elect a mir­a­cle worker. Per­haps we could ask Congress to do its job in­stead!

Brian Price, Den­ver

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