Stephen Hayward has an editorial in today’s issue of USA Today in which he advocates for less talk from US presidents: fewer speeches, fewer statements, and fewer promises. He compares the public activity of pre-20th century presidents, who were generally a lot quieter, with more recent presidents including President Obama, who seem to pronounce on a daily basis,.
Is Hayward’s argument convincing? I sympathize with what he is saying, and he’s right that candidates in this election year ought to tone down the promises and rhetoric, and just govern effectively if elected. Still, I think Hayward allows nostalgia for period that was less noisy to intrude into his thinking, and this results in his holding modern presidents to an unrealistic standard.
Your views? Here is Hayward’s editorial.