Boy, that Donald Trump sure is dumb! I bet that if Megyn Kelly asked him to name the leaders of all the leaders of every country in Africa he wouldn’t know more than two or three. Hillary, on the other hand, could tell you their names as well as the names of their wives, kids and pets. Hillary would whip Trump’s ass on Jeopardy.
Does that mean Hillary would be a better President? Because if how much they know is the most important thing about selecting our next POTUS then we’re doing this all wrong. Instead of elections we should give everybody a test and the one with the highest score wins.
There is simply no way for any one person to memorize all the data and information that a president might need to do a good job. They can’t even keep up with all the new stuff that comes flowing in every day.
No president could possibly make all the decisions that need to be made. That’s why they have advisors and staff. Whenever presidents get too caught up in details they get lost. They need to delegate and prioritize.
How many times has Obama claimed he didn’t know about something until he heard it on the news? On the other hand, how many times has he shot his mouth off on something before all the facts were available? But even with the benefit of his superior intellect and all the information available he still makes lousy decisions.
One of the raps on Trump is he doesn’t know a lot of stuff about policy and constitutional law. Another rap is that he doesn’t rigidly adhere to some well-defined ideology. Still another is that he thinks that everything is negotiable.
If you are contemplating divorce (or your spouse is) you don’t need to know everything there is to know about family law, community property, and child custody. What you need to know is how to find a good attorney.
The president does not need to know all the minutia and trivia about the Republic of the Congo. We have people whose job it is to know that stuff. If there is a crisis in the Congo we would hope that they are already aware of it. The president gets daily briefings where they tell him about problems before they start.
So if some terrorist organization is planning some big attack in the United States they can warn the president that something is up before it happens. But what good does that do if the president ignores the warnings? What good does it do if the president puts politics over good policy?
Above all else we need presidents to be good managers. They need to know when to act, and when to wait. They need to know when to speak up as well as shut up. Competence and character are more important than giving speeches and leaving legacies.
I’m not saying that Donald Trump is the best candidate for president. but who would you rather have running your company? Hillary? Ted?
Who would you rather have answering the phone at 3 am?