Good Look: What a ‘strong president’ looks like


Fighting through laryngitis, Melissa finished last Sunday’s show if not with a strong voice, then a strong message – about strength. Specifically, what we we perceive our President to be able to do, what we aspire for him to do, and how that often contrasts with his actual powers:

It takes strength to deal honestly with your opponents, even when they deal dishonestly with you.
It takes strength to make the tough calls even when you are not sure how they will turn out.
It takes strength to have the patience to watch policy become progress.
It takes strength to admit mistakes and change direction when needed…
So yes, the presidency itself is weak, which is why Americans want presidents themselves to be strong. I just encourage us not to confuse aggressiveness with strength.

Take a look at Melissa toughing it out through her Footnote from last Sunday – our Good Look for this week. Be sure to join us today for another edition of “Melissa Harris-Perry,” and another Footnote! See you on msnbc at 10am ET.


Good Look: What a 'strong president' looks like