Not the King

by Brien Jackson

Before it gets lost in the substance, I just want to note how much I detest the customary standing by the press when the President enters the room. It’s one thing for members of the military or subordinates in the executive branch to do it, it’s quite another thing to expect reporters or, especially, members of Congress, to do the same. They’re not below the President in any official sense, and the President is not a king. It’s subtle, but it’s also important to reinforce to the President that he is not a sole authority and that the other branches of government don’t bow to him.