Unlike the other graduates from the college — the one to which his father made a sizable gift so that his son could get admitted — he defied tradition and moved the tassel on his mortarboard from the left side to the right upon receiving his diploma.
That should have been a foreshadowing of things to come five decades later when that same boy, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, would become the leader of the free world.
Could anyone have predicted his unprecedented behavior in office, where he would besmirch our country’s allies and embrace our country’s enemies?
Could anyone have foretold that he would focus his efforts on dividing, rather than uniting, the people he was elected to serve?
Could anyone have envisioned the blot upon human decency he would demonstrate or the stain he would put on the fabric of our great nation?
Yes, they could have. Yes, they should have. But they elected him nonetheless.
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tassel), Your Daily Word Prompt (besmirch), Word of the Day Challenge (focus), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (blot).