Skip to comments.Killing Camelot: How Trump is Smashing the Style of the Political Elite with his Character & Honesty
Posted on 09/20/2016 7:16:46 PM PDT by poconopundit
| For over a year now, the mainstream press has attacked Trump for not being "presidential".
Even still, citizens are genuinely concerned that their president look the part of a president and carry themselves in a way that makes us proud.
So what exactly is meant when someone says a candidate looks or is "presidential"? And why should we care? This is the subject I'm going to explore and discuss in this vanity.
JFK, Jackie and the Royalty of Camelot
Well, to begin, I think our current notion of a "presidential" style was strongly influenced by JFK in the 1960s. It was Kennedy and his wife Jackie who first brought a royalty-like style to the White House and presidency. JFK's predecessors, Eisenhower and Truman, were rather plain guys by comparison. And so the press glorified the JFK style to the point where the Kennedy era was given the name: Camelot.
Now presidents like the Bushes, Carter and Nixon -- by and large -- did not project this Camelot presidential image. But I think Reagan, Obama, and candidate Romney have. To me the Camelot image projects a couple things: 1) a detached and diplomatic manner; and 2) lofty, well-rehearsed speeches delivered with the head held high. The clothes reinforce the Camelot image too: Obama's perfectly creased pants and Romney's prep-school blazers with that gleam in the eye.
Is There Substance Behind the Presidential Style?
Now the trouble with Camelot is that a candidate or president can measure up on the style side, but lack the substance.
Obama is a certainly a creature of style. He's a celebrity and community organizer raised the level of his incompetence. Most of us have figured out that Obama is not a man of strengthen in character or accomplishments. He's really a puppet of the invisible donors and globalists who support him.
And what does he do out on the campaign trail? He jumps onto the podium with his sunglasses on as if to say, "Look at me. I'm Mr. Cool. I'm President of the United States." Not a lot of humility in this man.
But Obama does know Camelot. He does know the look of being presidential. But since he's not a true leader, Putin and Iran can run circles around him. On the airport runway in Shanghai a couple weeks ago, the Chinese didn't even bother to roll out a stairway for Obama to get off the plane. On the same trip to Asia, the president of the Philippines called Obama's mother a whore. And what did Obama do? He just shrugged it all off.
Mitt Romney, too, wins on style, but loses on character. Remember the last debate in 2012 when Romney caved over Benghazi and more or less quit the last month of his campaign? Romney looks the part, but he's really only a moderately successful venture capitalist and lacks the backbone to push a true conservative agenda. He's too busy pleasing his globalist donors.
But Romney's mastery of the Camelot speaking style is probably why the GOPe bigwigs and donors selected him to take potshots at Trump before the Utah primary. Trouble is: the elite stylist Romney lacked the solid virtues. That's why your average Republican instantly recognized Romney's attacks as pitiful and dishonest — even if he did deliver them like JFK.
The Presidential Substance of George Washington and Reagan
George Washington, of course, is legendary for his leadership and presidential qualities. Ralph Waldo Emerson studied Washington and painted one of the most compelling images of our first President:
What others effect by talent or by eloquence, this man accomplishes by some magnetism. "Half his strength he put not forth." His victories are by demonstration of superiority, and not by crossing of bayonets. He conquers, because his arrival alters the face of affairs.
Reagan had a similar magnetism. And his gravity came both from his leadership style and his gravity as a man. Reagan had a long an accomplished career as a Hollywood actor, radio sportscaster, and California governor. And the toughness of his character could be easily seen during his "I paid for this microphone!" campaign.
And yet, Reagan could fit the Camelot presidential style too. His oratory at critical moments was memorable such as his poetry after the Challenger space shuttle disaster:
How Trump is Changing our Notion of Presidential Style
Now Reagan's Camelot style worked for him, but that doesn't mean we should expect Trump to follow that same model.
Trump's personal experience grew out of the business world, so his style is bound to be quite different from someone who's spent most of their adult life in politics.
Perhaps Trump's son Eric said it best when he said his Dad is kind of billionaire blue collar guy.
p>Sure, Trump's definitely rough around the edges and he tells us how Clinton got "schlonged" by Obama in 2008. But to Trump supporters, that kind of language doesn't turn us off: it telegraphs Trump's humanity and honesty!
When Trump steps into one his rallies, he electrifies the room. He proves he's one of us! So Trump very much has his own populist style and will never fit into the Camelot cookie cutter. Besides, a president doesn't need to be "presidential" all the time.
And yet, when it's time to get more serious, Trump's delivery of major speeches on immigration, the economy, and foreign policy proves he can communicate in a very "presidential" when the occasion calls for it.
Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos calls Trump "Daddy", and he's got a point. Trump reminds me a lot of my own Dad: tough, fair, protective and nurturing.
Clearly Trump's way of communicating is more open and direct — more attuned to the way people talk in a family at home. Family members argue with each other! They get angry, curse, cry, and eventually make up. But along the way, bad habits are corrected, long repressed feelings are brought out into the open, and family peace/solidity is restored.
So America's new Dad is airing out our Nation's dirty laundry. And the dining room table conversation he started is necessary if America is to remain a free republic, an economically sustainable nation, and a family of multi-cultural patriots.
In short, Trump is replacing the Camelot invented by the political elite with something that's more relaxed, natural, and business-oriented. He's also pushing communication that's more honest, more plain English, less PC and more conversational. And it's ok to mix things up: we can joke around and laugh at rallies. It doesn't have to be serious all the time like Hillary is.
After all, isn't it fun when the future President of the United States can tell us:
Welcome... to all of you... deplorrrrables... :- )
Succinct, spot on, quotable. Twitter-able, even.
Too bad the traditional "print" outlet, the National Review, is gone over to the dark side.
Besides, Free Republic is the ideal place to publish for so many reasons:
I like this notion of “rugged individual”. It echoes Ayn Rand and I think that’s more in tune with a president like Teddy Roosevelt perhaps.
I like it.
Ouch! Now look at what you've done. My hand is now oozing metaphorical blood. Love it, HL27. So true.
You touched on a key theme that people have not been talking about -- politicians casually throwing monkey wrenches into the machinery of our economic system.
To a politician, a law that regulates an industry is nothing more than ink on a piece of paper. But that one law could cause a vital gear in the machinery to wobble and muck up the whole works.
Then, since industries are dependent on one another, you can destabilize the society itself. This is actually what's happening today!
Law enforcement is another mechanism of our society. And if Hillary gets off scot free for her national security breeches, you have damaged the rule of law. Same goes for when a president praises the Black Lives Matter supremacists and fails to back the police. Well, the long range effect of that is to damage the will of your average policeman to risk his life to protect people.
Much more needs to be said about this machinery tampering idea.
Nice Vision indeed. Makes a lot of sense. Thank you.
This is the time Ben Franklin worried about and is mentioned in my tagline.
Trump is the God's plan to save us from the 4th Peril.
When children have nightmares they cry out for their parents to console and kill the demons. Mommy or daddy to rush in to comfort and drive the monster into the closet to destroy it.
Perhaps TRUMP is a daddy figure to AMERICANS who awake from a long nightmare. We look for him to slay the beast and console as best he is able. Much like his own children and grandchildren. NIGHTMARES are not real...neither or monsters (remembering an ALIEN movie where SW saves NEWT from the mommy ALIEN
Great post. Thanks for pinging me to it.
Thanks. This theme of Trump as a father figure needs to get more legs. People can relate to this idea.
Fantastic post poconopundit!!
Thank you very much, poconopundit, for posting this.
For anyone who may be interested, I went to see him a couple of weeks ago and I’ll share the impressions I now have of President-elect Trump.
I wanted to see him in person and to be close enough to see his eyes because I wanted to be able to pick up on any “red flags” which could signal a discrepancy between his words and his facial expressions and body language.
We got to the rally very early and I was able to stand in the third row slightly left of center in the mosh pit. ;-).
For about a week after the rally I considered and mulled over my experience and experiment then I shared with my husband my finalized impressions of then-candidate Trump. Interestingly, my husband told me that his impressions were the same.
My impressions are this:
Body language: perfectly in accord with his message. If he’s acting, he’s better than Cary Grant. ;-) Seriously, there was no hint which I could pick up of anything less than forthrightness and openness.
Facial expression, eyes: high intelligence, shrewdness, resignation, and resolve.
Finally, excessive ego: none. No kidding. (By the way, these are MY impressions and flamers will be ignored.)
For the record, I already liked him very much before seeing him at the rally, but it’s practically impossible for me to trust anyone 100% or to support any political candidate 100%. There’s a strong part of me that is always testing the other person’s integrity.
I believe Donald Trump will be one of our greatest presidents.
Just an FYI, that was Don Jr who said it, in a tv interview.
I suppose we've been fooled so many times by politicians and other people that it takes a long time to build true trust. Emerson was fascinated by this human need to look people in the eye...
The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues, with the advantage, that the ocular dialect needs no dictionary, but is understood all the world over. You can read in the eyes of your companion, whether your argument hits him, though his tongue will not confess it.
Each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it. A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence. Whoever looked on him would consent to his will, being certified that his aims were generous and universal. The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
Thanks for your response.
Eloquent and insightful quote from Emerson.
Agree with Milo in referring to POTUS as ‘daddy’. Your observations, very astute. Might POTUS, spur more fathers to follow suit? If Only! Boys-young men, deserve a father such as he. Unfortunately these dads are few and far between even if there at all.
I like it!
Thanks. It’s nice to see our confidence in Trump back in 2016 turned out to be justified.
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