Dear President-Elect Donald Trump,
You may consider me a little presumptuous in attempting to advise you concerning your next four years since you did an amazing job in winning the election; however, I hope the staff member who reads this will pass this suggestion along to you.
Bottom Line First: Please have “fireside chats with the American public, keeping us informed.
Why is this important? First of all, the national media is not going to provide unbiased coverage of your administration. In fact, newspapers and television stations will be working hard to undermine your efforts to make America great again. You will be blamed for anything that is bad and, in many situations, you will be blamed for things that the press will pretend are bad, when really not.
Secondly, you will have a calming effect on Americans, who have not had a president who did this since FDR, who had fireside chats during the Great Depression. If we have a recession or worse, which is possible because of what prior administrations have done or have failed to do, you should get out in front of the American people in these “chats” to explain what is going on and how you plan to ease their pain. Just keep us informed and Americans will trust you with their future.
The fireside chats will have an additional bonus. They will make you one of us. We will all be working together to make America great again. You can bring your family into this fireside chat, showing us that we also are your family. You can explain that you inherited this financial situation and that you will be doing your best to keep the ship from sinking, but it will take everybody pulling together on the oars to make it work.
This may sound rather simple. Well, that’s because it is. But that’s also why it will work. Your strength is that you are not a politician. Americans are going to believe you. You have a great deal of common sense. Just use that sense and talk to us in a straight-forward manner, explaining what you are trying to do. Americans are looking for somebody to lead them. You can do it with simple “fireside chats.”
Lt Col Joe Hinds, USAF, Ret.