So I don’t exactly expect modest, circumspect behavior from the 2016 Republican Presidential nominee. He’s famous for provocative words and behavior, one sterling example being referring to his rival as “Crooked Hillary.”
Really. I don’t expect anything better from him. Probably nobody does.
However, hearing Hillary Clinton refer to him as “Donald” in a couple of speeches does trouble me, because I do expect a lot better from her. Her acting all Presidential, as she does. Not least during the eleven hours of the Benghazi hearings.
Seriously. You two are campaigning for the highest office in the land. Can we not do first-naming each other during the campaign? Please? Pretty please?
Even President Obama, Mr. Awesome POTUS himself, refers to her as “Hillary” when he’s campaigning for her. And yes, he does call Joe Biden “Joe” an awful lot too. But that’s not in the context of a campaign. I really, really, don’t want to go through a whole season of Presidential debates listening to the candidates first-name each other on the national stage.
You know what I think would be really terrific? This dialogue, during the first Presidential debate:
DT: Hillary, I have to tell you…
HRC: Excuse me, Mr. Trump. That’s “Mrs. Clinton,” please.
DT: Seriously? SERIOUSLY? How many years have we known each other? You were at my wedding!
HRC: Yes, that’s true. However, this is a Presidential debate. It’s customary in Presidential debates to refer to your opponent more formally. Out of respect for the office of the President of the United States. You do respect that office, I’m sure, Mr. Trump.
DT: Of course I respect that office! I’m running for it. (to audience) Can you believe this?
HRC: What do you think of my new family leave policy, Mr. Trump? It will really help out so many struggling American families!
*** debate continues, HRC continuing to get up in DT’s grill and insist upon being called “Mrs. Clinton” at every opportunity***
So? What do you think? Wouldn’t that be cool for Hillary Clinton to stand up to him, insist on the proper debating protocol, and by so doing demonstrate to everyone watching that she looks Presidential and he doesn’t? At all? Not to mention flashing her creds for being one tough cookie?
Well, I think it would be. I may be alone in this, but I hope I’m not.
Love you & leave you,