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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    Good then you agree that they should be spending their time making America Great Again.
    Quite a contribution you are making to the discussion....

    Once again, in general do you think that presidents should be well read?
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Being a well read person is a probably a prerequisite for that though.
    Maybe

    For example, Bush read as many as 90 books a year according to Rove, but I doubt he read all day long.
    And some would say Bush was the worst president so how did reading tons of books work out?

    He probably did like most readers and spent some time reading in bed at night or in the evenings.
    Thats fine

    BTW, both Bush and Obama waited months before playing a round of golf after they were sworn in, Trump is already doing it.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    In general do you think it is important for a president to be well read? Basically, should they be the type of person that typically reads a lot?
    Trick question. Just be honest and say it the way you mean it.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Being a well read person is a probably a prerequisite for that though. For example, Bush read as many as 90 books a year according to Rove, but I doubt he read all day long. He probably did like most readers and spent some time reading in bed at night or in the evenings.

    BTW, both Bush and Obama waited months before playing a round of golf after they were sworn in, Trump is already doing it.
    Yeah, while conducting diplomacy.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    In general do you think it is important for a president to be well read? Basically, should they be the type of person that typically reads a lot?
    As a reader I don't quite understand people who don't like to read a lot, like my daughter, but I try not to hold it against them. Some people just don't enjoy it and it doesn't take away anything from a person. I mean let's say a person reads 50 shades of grey five times a week, is that really going to make then better just because they are reading something? ​ I don't think so.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    As a reader I don't quite understand people who don't like to read a lot, like my daughter, but I try not to hold it against them. Some people just don't enjoy it and it doesn't take away anything from a person. I mean let's say a person reads 50 shades of grey five times a week, is that really going to make then better just because they are reading something? ​ I don't think so.
    I doubt they would read 50 shades of Grey 5 times per week though. However, even if one only reads fiction, it does result in someone being much more self reflective than they otherwise would be. Moreover, it results in far more empathy towards others. You also can learn a lot from fiction. For example, I have learned more about what its like to live in contemporary Afghanistan and the toll that the Soviets and the Taliban took on the country by reading A Thousand Splendid Suns than I have from reading non-fiction books about the country.

    I do understand what you are saying about some people just not enjoying reading. Our daughters like to read, but our son doesn't and we have to make him read what little he does. He is a smart kid just the same, but he has no business ever being president.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Trick question. Just be honest and say it the way you mean it.
    You only think its a trick question because you don't like the implications. I doubt most people would see it as being a "trick question".
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    You only think its a trick question because you don't like the implications. I doubt most people would see it as being a "trick question".
    Maybe you're afraid to make your implications known? Because I would require you to prove them.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Maybe you're afraid to make your implications known? Because I would require you to prove them.
    There is no implication. I believe it is important that a president is well read. I voted yes. The only bad implication would be if you think it is important for a president to be well read, but you supported Trump. If you don't think it is important for a president to be well read, then there is no bad implications there either.
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    Re: Do you think it is important for a president to be well read?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    There is no implication. I believe it is important that a president is well read. I voted yes. The only bad implication would be if you think it is important for a president to be well read, but you supported Trump. If you don't think it is important for a president to be well read, then there is no bad implications there either.
    Who's going to say no to a question like that? Should people be well read?
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