Mad or Disgusted by Trump’s Doctored Hurricane Map? Instead, #BeLikePete
Social media lit up yesterday after 45 displayed a map — doctored with a sharpie — that appeared to show Alabama in the path of Hurricane Dorian. 45 apparently wanted to defend his recent pronouncements that Alabamans should prepare for the coming hurricane. All official weather organizations issued notices that — despite 45’s words — Alabama was never in the storm’s crosshairs. Nevertheless, he persisted.
How should we react to such a full-on display of “me-ness” — yet again — by 45? On social media, people were appalled by his focus on being “right” just when new pictures of the total devastation in the Bahamas were coming in and death tolls were rising. Others mocked him with jokes and memes. Still others expressed disgust and dismay.
But now, look at this. Look at how 2020 Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded. Said Pete:
“I feel sorry for the President, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country, somebody on whose wisdom our lives literally depend. Look, when the presidency has been reduced to this, all of us are diminished because the presidency is supposed to be something we all look up to, even if we disagree with the President. What we’re seeing here is literally pathetic. It makes you feel a kind of pity for everybody involved, and that’s not how I want to feel about a president whether it’s for my party or the other.”
Pete felt pity for 45. He felt and expressed the genuine human sadness one feels when a fellow human being has degraded himself, descending into a soulless abyss. Pete’s despair was also for the country, whose citizens are lessened because of the deeply flawed psyche of the individual to whom all of our lives are entrusted.
Perhaps we should stop, if only for a moment, to consider Pete’s natural, moral response to this human tragedy unfolding before us in slow motion. Can we feel what Pete feels? And can we do so without anger or mocking? That is a question all citizens must answer for themselves. Personally, I will try hard to #BeLikePete in this moment. But then, I will ask myself one other important question: What more can I do to make Pete our next President? Because I want my grandchildren to watch Pete lead this nation into a new era of moral leadership so they can #BeLikePete too. #20PETE20 #PeteWave