The U.S. places a disproportionate amount of attention on its president fulfilling ceremonial activities, unlike many other countries, argues Leonid Bershidsky of The Chicago Tribune. Chief negotiator, policy expert, cheerleader of American values abroad and moral authority are some of the roles that people expect the U.S. president to play. Some leaders excel in all of these areas while others don’t. Germany and Russia are two nations that send lesser government officials to soldiers’ funerals and other ceremonies. It would be better for President Trump to do the same instead of taking on situations that he wasn’t made for.
Being the leader of the world’s most powerful country is a privilege that comes with ceremonial duties that every leader should be able to fulfill, believes Richard Wolffe of The Guardian. Presidents Obama and Bush, despite their various political mistakes, were able to show great leadership through solidarity with the families of fallen troops. They shone with humility and compassion during tragedies, much unlike President Trump. The current president has failed at ceremonial tasks recently, slighting Gold Star families and the people of Puerto Rico. His mishandling of these delicate moments are among his biggest failures as a leader.