He could have been a hero. He could have won his election with nary an unkind word for his opponent.
Had he embraced the earliest warnings he received from the scientific community, he could have saved lives, stemmed the unraveling of the economy and shepherded our country through this crisis. People would have forgiven much that went before and forgotten the rest if they were delivered from the pandemic.
Americans are tough. Tell us the truth; we can handle it.
Americans are resourceful. Tell us what you need; we will provide it.
Americans are united. We are no longer Texans or Minnesotans, Democrats or Republicans; we are Americans.
He could have been a hero. Exhibit compassion with empathy and caring for lost loved ones. Show humility. Seek advice from the experts.
Exhibit grace. Listen, don’t bash. Display courage. Challenge those who dismiss the situation. Evince patience. Don’t walk away because of a difficult path.
Demonstrate leadership. Use the power of the office. Order protective gear and test kits. Set up a national testing and tracking system quickly. Get the job done.
That’s what an American hero would do. That is the American way.