Donald Trump is moments away from becoming the 45th President of the United States of America. I wonder what he will say in his inauguration speech.
Here is a perspective on what he perhaps should say.
My fellow-citizens of the United States: Today I stand before you with a heavy, humble yet hopeful heart. I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath 44 great men have made to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States. As the 45th President of the United States of America I vow to unite our great country, to lead in a spirit of respect for all with the unwavering commitment to overcome the many challenges we continue to face.
Throughout my Presidential Campaign I have promised to make America great again. The fact is, as you well know America is already great; it always has been. Despite our strength we have an opportunity to improve the lives of every citizen of the United States in so many ways and in doing so to unify fellow nations across the entire world rather than alienate ourselves from them.
I thank President Obama for his leadership and service to our nation as well as the support and cooperation he has shown me personally throughout this transition.
My Heavy Heart
Why do I stand here with a heavy heart?
Through my unbridled passion and excitement to become President I have inadvertently upset a great number of people not only in America but across the globe. In my zest for change to make America a nation in which every one of its citizens can thrive, live in health, harmony, abundance and peace I have said some things I shouldn’t have which is why this momentous occasion in my life is not as joyous as it should be.
If I could take it all back here are just a few of the countless inappropriate remarks I would retract:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
To the people of Mexico I am deeply sorry. In my affection and concern for the citizens of America I made such a mindless, cruel and untrue attack on a neighbouring nation. It was unforgivable, unmeant and you have my assurance that as the 45th President of the United States despite those thoughtless comments I will do everything in my power to draw our two nations closer together, not further apart.
“If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”
To Rosie O’Donnell, I recognise and acknowledge how barbarous a personal attack that was on you and I cannot even imagine what possessed me to say such an evil and thoughtless thing. As the 45thPresident of one of the most powerful nations on earth I stand here with a heavy heart and beg the rest of the world to never to follow my heartless example of malice on a fellow human being.
It doesn’t stop there of course; in my quest for the greatest leadership role on earth I have offended so many people and it is time for me to apologise.
To the New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski, I’m so sorry.
To Muslims everywhere across the world, I’m so sorry.
To Senator John McCain and our brave war veterans, I’m so sorry
To China, I’m so sorry.
To women all over the world, I’m so sorry.
To journalists, I’m so sorry.
To Mexican people, I’m so sorry.
To Hillary Clinton, I’m so sorry.
To Barack Obama, I’m so sorry.
I’m certain that I have missed a great number of other people and groups from my apology list and if I have then I say to you also, I’m so sorry.
My Humble Heart
Having divided not only a nation but a huge part of the world and upset so many people in so many ways I will now make it my life’s mission and work to bring about unity, peace and harmony.
This long and arduous journey to the White House as taught me a great number of lessons:
- Being a highly successful business man and billionaire does not mean I know all of the answers and can lead a country alone.
- Having the loudest voice doesn’t make me the best speaker.
- Putting others down, mocking them and insulting individuals, countries and races is a weak and shameful thing to do; I know that now.
- Leadership isn’t about putting yourself and the elite few on a pedestal it’s about bringing people together and helping everyone to see the future.
- Having spent my whole life around people who dare not say ‘No’ to me doesn’t make me right all of the time.
- Straight talking does not mean it’s acceptable to dismiss other people’s feelings. Honesty doesn’t mean we get to attack and hurt others.
- Leadership is about leading by example and giving our young people of today permission to be offensive, racist and sexist through the way we speak as leaders is an example of poor leadership.
- Building walls between fellow human beings can never be a good thing; great leaders knock walls down.
- Stereotyping, labelling and blaming others is not reflective of mindful leadership
- No one is any better or more valuable a human being than anyone else regardless of sex, colour, religion, race or capacity.
It was a long and very painful lesson to learn but I stand here today grateful to you all for the humility I have finally learned.
My Hopeful Heart
In return for the lessons you have taught me during my mercenary campaign to presidential success I now offer you a heart of hope.
I stand here today with a heart full of hope, conviction and promise to you that we will make America even greater than it already is today.
I would close by quoting the great John F. Kennedy:
‘So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.’
I wonder if that’s what he will say today.
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