President of the United States, Teacher-in-Chief

I’m hopeful about the potential for President Obama to be Teacher-in-Chief.

I did not vote for President Obama. I strongly dislike much of his agenda, including the expansion of abortion rights, the “creation” of jobs by government fiat, and the expansion of government to which he alluded in his Inaugural Address.

However, President Obama’s apparent popularity affords him the opportunity to be “Teacher-in-Chief.” The Presidency of the United States is a great platform from which to teach. I think it’s been squandered by presidents who think that they must do something, when it may be enough to teach something.

If President Obama uses this opportunity–the popularity he’s built–to teach correct principles, he’ll do far more good than could be done through any new government program. As long as he has listening supporters, he should teach economics, personal finance, debt-avoidance, self-reliance, service, industry, and more.

For example, I liked this from his Inaugural Address:

Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Not this:

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward.

We don’t need a president who pretends he can give us what we need. We need a president who will inspire us to work for those things ourselves. I believe this may be within President Obama’s power. Don’t waste it, Mr. President.

(For an interesting read, see Chris Knudsen’s thoughts on President Obama.)

2 thoughts on “President of the United States, Teacher-in-Chief”

  1. The last president who taught us to get out of debt was President Hinckley. It just isn’t going to happen with Obama. In two years we will see Democratic losses in the house and senate as people realize that there are even less correct principles coming from the federal government. Funding abortions abroad is about as far from correct principles as one can get. To be fair, stopping torture was right and I agree with that.
    1. Rick, good points. I’m probably naive to think that a President whose platform I disagree with would teach things I agree with. But perhaps there are some universal principles (get out of debt, etc.) that he could teach. The best thing he’s got going for him is his popularity. It’s certainly not his experience. I’m hoping he can galvanize the U.S. to get itself out of its problems, rather than try to do it for us.

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