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We listen to the billow of candidate debates but a better format for finding The truly Presidential might be The Meeting. 

A Citizen's Guide To The Truly Presidential: Candidates Caught Without Their Meetings

From: Susan Cook
Series: The River Is Wide
Length: 02:33

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We listen to the billow of candidate debates to answer bigger questions: who among them truly has the character and qualities to be President of the United States. But perhaps there is a better format for exploring this question: The Meeting or rather the Meeting they missed. To become President of this country, the truly Presidential have attended many meetings. But what happens if they are denied? A meeting, I mean. Read the full description.

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A Citizen's Guide To The Truly Presidential: Candidates Caught Without Their Meetings
-Susan Cook-
We listen to the billow of candidate debates to answer bigger questions: who among them  truly has the character and qualities to be President of the United States. But perhaps there is a better format for exploring this question: The Meeting or rather the Meeting they  missed. To become President of this country,  the truly Presidential have attended many meetings. But what happens if they are denied? A meeting, I mean.
Scenario 1: The candidates show up for a meeting. An anonymous Someone has changed the time of the meeting.  Wrong time. No meeting. Or worse the meeting  begins just after the  last SUV has pulled out of the parking lot. And how does their Presidential forebearance hold up then?
Scenario 2: The candidates show up for a meeting. An anonymous Someone changes the place where the meeting will be held. And keeps it to himself. You voters out there observe:  Any  almost tearful statements: "This is despicable at the onset of a Presidential candidate meeting". Can they remember which Federal agency they want closed?
And Scenario 3: The anaerobic challenge for the candidate who is truly able to think on his feet, who will not stammer or evade even when asked for his tax returns. The candidate shows up for a meeting, encounters his fellow candidates and announces loudly: "Oh, we already had that meeting and decided that we're not going to have any more meetings."
What? Meltdowns, near tears, rage. Some may walk away muttering words that end in "ck" or those words with "er" at the end too.  Not just candidates. Their staff. Their worst fears realized: all  meetings out of reach. The truly non-Presidential caught without meetings being, well, non-Presidential. Just think of all the posturing, the flimsy rhetoric, let alone, the air time saved just to see if the non-Presidential will strut their stuff, I mean stuffing. 

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A Citizen's Guide To The Truly Presidential: Candidates Caught Without Their Meetings
-Susan Cook-
We listen to the billow of candidate debates to answer bigger questions: who among them  truly has the character and qualities to be President of the United States. But perhaps there is a better format for exploring this question: The Meeting or rather the Meeting they  missed. To become President of this country,  the truly Presidential have attended many meetings. But what happens if they are denied? A meeting, I mean.
Scenario 1: The candidates show up for a meeting. An anonymous Someone has changed the time of the meeting.  Wrong time. No meeting. Or worse the meeting  begins just after the  last SUV has pulled out of the parking lot. And how does their Presidential forebearance hold up then?
Scenario 2: The candidates show up for a meeting. An anonymous Someone changes the place where the meeting will be held. And keeps it to himself. You voters out there observe:  Any  almost tearful statements: "This is despicable at the onset of a Presidential candidate meeting". Can they remember which Federal agency they want closed?
And Scenario 3: The anaerobic challenge for the candidate who is truly able to think on his feet, who will not stammer or evade even when asked for his tax returns. The candidate shows up for a meeting, encounters his fellow candidates and announces loudly: "Oh, we already had that meeting and decided that we're not going to have any more meetings."
What? Meltdowns, near tears, rage. Some may walk away muttering words that end in "ck" or those words with "er" at the end too.  Not just candidates. Their staff. Their worst fears realized: all  meetings out of reach. The truly non-Presidential caught without meetings being, well, non-Presidential. Just think of all the posturing, the flimsy rhetoric, let alone, the air time saved just to see if the non-Presidential will strut their stuff, I mean stuffing. 

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A Citizen's Guide To The Truly Presidential: Candidates Caught Without Their Meetings

-Susan Cook-

We listen to the billow of candidate debates to answer bigger questions: who among them truly has the character and qualities to be President of the United States. But perhaps there is a better format for exploring this question: The Meeting or rather the Meeting they missed. To become President of this country, the truly Presidential have attended many meetings. But what happens if they are denied? A meeting, I mean.

Scenario 1: The candidates show up for a meeting. An anonymous Someone has changed the time of the meeting. Wrong time. No meeting. Or worse the meeting begins just after the last SUV has pulled out of the parking lot. And how does their Presidential forebea...
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