JFK’s Charm Versus President Trump’s Accomplishments — Which Matters More?

Written by William Pauwels on August 28, 2018

I just finished reading Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews. This biased book features the former president and candidate in glowing terms. Nevertheless, many flaws are briefly exposed and downplayed – including sexual behavior, marriage infidelity, and language. I suspect Matthews was attempting to maintain some credibility in so doing.

I must confess I voted for Kennedy and liked him – but had no idea of the negative stuff that was going on in his political and personal life. What a difference between the media’s coverage of candidate and President Kennedy – as opposed to how private citizen, candidate and President Donald Trump has been covered.

According to Matthews, Kennedy was highly skilled at projecting an attractive political image – even when it wasn’t honest. He had many close personal Irish friends. Trump, on the other hand, seems to be projecting a more credible but less attractive image – a true image – with lots of help from the smear-everything-Trump media.

Kennedy was, clearly, a professional politician. Trump, on the other hand is clearly, a professional manager. Kennedy relied on the media and a clan of personal friends to protect him and represent him in positive terms. Many, including Kennedy himself, were not prepared to take on the enormity of the job, resulting in early failures. Trump, on the other hand, has surrounded himself with highly competent professionals, resulting in unprecedented, record-breaking, early accomplishments.

Kennedy had a highly attractive personality, and I find myself still liking him despite his shady behavior and early failures. Trump, on the other hand, is less attractive but more competent and accomplished.

Needless to say, Chris Matthew’s book was entertaining and highly complementary of the martyred President Kennedy. Of course, the jury is still out on President Trump. Kennedy will surely win on personality – Trump apparently will enjoy a staggering victory based on early accomplishment.

Objectively, my brain tells me accomplishments should win out, despite the emotional appeal of JFK.

So, in spite of that, do Americans want failed Democrat rule again? For instance, Obama said over and over that manufacturing jobs were not coming back . . . and that we needed to prepare ourselves to adapt to the “new economic realities”. Obama never expected or wanted this type of booming manufacturing economy to happen again. To give Obama’s coattails credit for the economic boom is just laughable.

Leftist/Democrat-Socialists want to discourage voters with their relentless smear-everything-Trump publications and broadcasts. That’s obviously what they’re trying to do.

The nation has too much to lose by succumbing to their smear campaign. To reinstate failed Democrat Party rule is suicidal! Let’s keep the Trump economic prosperity machine going by voting to support our President.

Image: photo credit: thesmuggler- Night of the Swallow” John F Kennedy man on the moon via photopin (license)

William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.