President Obama Designates Five New National Monuments in Washington

What If I Were Elected President?

President Obama Designates Five New National Monuments in WashingtonAfter the election, it occurred to me that I should read the constitution and clarify what my powers would be. It did no harm to explore being sworn in by the Chief Justice on a cold morning after a storm passed leaving a foot of snow. The stands where the ceremony would take place would be filled with politicians and dignitaries of all kind. The stars of Hollywood shining brightly through the rising sun, as the gods of myth watched. Warren, Jack, Barbara… I was planing to read Plutarch’s lives the week before, review the works of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

I thought of the words of Lewis Carroll:
Alice came to the fork in the road. “Which road do I take?”
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.
“I don’t know,”
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

I reflected on the wisdom of Ronald Laing “The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”

As I prepared to take the oath of office, hand over heart, the nurse came in and handed me the plastic cup with medications from the tray and a glass of water, and said “Here are your pills, G. W.”