If Donald Trump is so rude, crude and arrogant in his tweets and in public, one wonders what kind of correspondence, personal letters and thank-you notes, he writes? Are we to take these quotes literally or figuratively?
–Arlene, Detroit, MI
About Mr. Trump and etiquette correspondence for presidents.
We know that Ronald Reagan wrote extraordinarily kind and thoughtful notes. Apparently even his thank-you notes made the recipients feel special. These heartfelt notes were not merely penned to important celebrities but also to ordinary people like you and me.
- The way you treat people who are not rich or famous inevitably indicates how you manage your manners.
George H.W. Bush also had extraordinarily good manners and wrote touching notes.
- Indeed, his biographer calls him “The Last Gentleman.” As Jon Meacham points out in DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush “garbled” his words, “His verbal exploits could be awkward and often confusing.”
Similar to Mr. Trump’s garbled wording. But, supposedly, “Letters afforded him the opportunity to put his thoughts down in a more sustained and coherent way.”
Meacham suggests that looking at Bush 41’s notes and the good manners they reflect reveal the essence of the best of the old wasp manners.
Mr. Trump garbles his words and the jury is still out on his manners.
Bush 41, who could be a tough guy, is known for “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
What will Mr. Trump be known for? History will have saved his words for us to read in biographies.
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