Lori Borgman: Would your father make a good president? | Tips

We don’t often talk about politics in front of the grown-ups because it’s just terribly depressing. For us. We are not so concerned about them. They are young and can live long enough to see the nation rally.

But somehow, on a FaceTime call with our son, five grown-ups crowding around the phone camera and his wife in the background cooking dinner in the kitchen, the conversation came to a head. focused on presidents.






Lori Borgman


One of the kids said their dad should be president.

It was mind-blowing, as our son’s ambition is to get through the week, reach the weekend, spend time with his family, and then start the cycle all over again on Monday morning.

We asked why their dad should be president and someone shot back, “Because he’s never been a politician, so he’s not twisted!”

We may not discuss politics with them, but clearly someone does.

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We asked if their father had any other qualifications.

This was followed by whispers and a consensus that a good chef should know how to frame a house, lay tile, build tables, install drywall, and fix a roof leak.

Another voice shouted: “He would make a good president because he is sometimes very strict and scary!

Strict and scary – definitely world leading qualities.

“He works a lot!” shouted another.

Heads nodded and clearly they all agreed that he was working hard.

“He works MORE hours! exclaimed a 6-year-old child.

“Maybe if he was president, he might work less!” someone else shouted.

Of course, there is always a chance, but this one is doubtful, as evidenced by our daughter-in-law in the background shaking her head “no”.

The husband then asked the group how their father was with finances.

Then another shouted, “He should be president because he’s a drummer!” which was essentially a non-answer to the finance question.

The 11-year-old boy, who was outside, appeared and we asked him if he would vote for his father for president. He was silent, maybe he was stunned by the question. After 20 seconds of no response, we said we would classify it as “undecided”.

Then came another pitch for the presidency: “Dad would make people work hard and do their part.” It comes from the 13-year-old who helps run the house and thinks her younger siblings could all do more.

“He would be tough on crime!” someone shouted. “Like litter!”

They had come to the end of their endorsements, and I asked, “What if your mom becomes president?”

Well, screams, screams and great excitement filled the room, and not just from our son, but also from the children.

“What would your mother do for the country?” I asked.

“She gave everyone a goat and a bunch of seeds to plant!

Fabulous! A 21st century take on “a chicken in every pot”. A goat on each lot!

“Did you know that goats mow your grass? someone asked. Well, if that wouldn’t be enough for the nomination, what would? Food safety and lawn care all in one.

There’s a much higher chance of winning a billion dollar lottery ticket than either of these two running, but it was an interesting discussion. Try it in your family. We could just reframe some of the more important stuff.

Lori Borgman, author and speaker, writes this column for the Tribune News Service. Her new book, “What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s” is now available. Email him at [email protected]