Hurricane Harvey has been one of the worst storms this country has seen in ages. Though there was nothing he could do until the rains stopped, Trump was raked over the coals for not going to Texas earlier. When he did arrive, the focus was on Melania’s shoes, even though she changed into tennis shoes before viewing the affected areas. There was no mention of Trump shaking hands with the recovery team behind the scenes, but plenty of coverage about him wearing his signature ball cap.
I’m not saying Trump did everything right. In fact, I’m sure there are things he could have done differently, but isn’t that the way it always goes? Don’t we all look back on things and say, “if I had known then what I know now, I would have ….”?
Trump did release federal aid quickly, allowing Texas to get help rapidly. He also promised to make Congress work to get them anything they need. Trump doesn’t speak well, and he often puts his foot in his mouth, but I do believe he cares about the people affected by this tragedy, and I do believe he wants to do everything in his power to help them.
Mike Pence also showed up in Texas. In Rockport, he led prayer with Franklin Graham for the people affected. Later in that same visit, he rolled up his sleeves, donned gloves, and helped clear debris, but I have a feeling that won’t be talked about much either.
In the wake of this tragedy, perhaps we should take a look with how we view the people in power. Instead of always focusing on what they do wrong, perhaps we could focus on what they do right.
As a teacher, we are taught constantly to focus on the positive in students and not the negatives. Why? Because hammering the negative only causes more negativity, and after seeing the way we treat people in power, is it any wonder that good, decent people want no part of that?