Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on January 22, 2012
I read the book John Adams by David McCullough, and what struck me was how worried John Adams felt about being perceived as egotistical. Before being elected president, Adams was concerned that others might think him too full of himself to be electable! Imagine any of today’s Republican candidates having that kind of humility.
I cannot imagine putting any of our supposed front-runner candidates and the Adams of our young country’s history in the same realm. The lack of propriety or genteel comportment is remarkable. Within less than five minutes, Adams would put to shame any of these people who think they want to be president.
Why can’t we have a president who worries about being thought too egotistical?