Perhaps the most useless gift in 2020 would be a daily planner. A deadly pandemic, economic chaos and now widespread civil unrest here in the US. To meet these waves of crisis after crisis we havent produced a Lincoln, a Washington or even a Warren Harding. We have an egomaniac tweeting childish pronouncements from his bunker.
To be sure, the President is not responsible for the pandemic, the economic crisis or race relations in thd US. However he has managed to make each situation worse. King Midas in reverse.
He seems intent on continuing his twitter Presidency with tweets running the gamut from rude, to fake, to escalating tensions when leadership calls for calm resolve. Maybe he thinks chaos is helpful to his prospects for reelection. How else can one explain his actions and inaction?
At this juncture it is imperative to restore order with all legal means. Arsonists stop either when they are stopped or when there is nothing left to burn. Looters stop when they are forced to stop or there is nothing left to steal. Restoring order will require coordination with state authorities, and that coordination requires unity of purpose and not divisive pandering.
The time has come to stop playing President and to start acting Presidential. Americans will respond to the Office of the Presidency, it still has the influence built by the deeds of his predecessors. To not use that power now as a statesman is to squander that legacy.