We’re the generation of technology. We don’t read newspapers. We get our information from Facebook and Twitter. The Huffington Post has made it easier than ever to get our news without redirecting from our Facebook page. Now, they post videos with text that play as you scroll! Easy.
And don’t tell me you didn’t watch Donald Trump on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I know you did. If not the full interview, you at least watched the skit where Fallon dressed as Trump and interview himself (Donald Trump) in the mirror. Classic, right?
Or maybe you saw Hillary Clinton doing the “Whip/Nae Nae” on Ellen.
Humanizing presidents is like watching Drunk History in real time. Trump is on Twitter bullying everyone into submission, calling everyone a “phony,” and Hillary is doing the Nae Nae.
In high school history class, we learned about filibusters, bills, and the Electoral College—and the great leaders who carved America from stone.
George Washington led troops across the icy Delaware River. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. FDR dug us out of The Great Depression, and Reagan ended the Cold War.
Hillary is doing the Nae Nae and Trump is going to challenge Mexico to a giant game of Jenga.
While it’s refreshing to see our country’s leaders being active outside of politics, there should be a limit.
Jimmy Fallon pointed out, what I think, is Trump’s largest flaw: His inability to plan.
Trump doesn’t use notecards—not during the debate, not ever. He believes it makes him sound more spontaneous and allows him to interact with the crowd, but it doesn’t. He comes of as foolish, because he doesn’t properly answer questions.
Fallon asked, “What do you think you’re doing that [the other candidates are] not doing?”
Trump says something about Marc Cuban and full convention centers.
“What question did I ask?” asked Fallon. “Did I ask about stadiums? What the hell just happened? I think you answered my question.”
“Eh, not that important,” says Trump.
Proving, that he talks in circles to distract his audience from the fact that he doesn’t know anything—and since this happened on a talk show, we all laugh.
But should we laugh that the Republican front-runner can’t answer a simple question?
It will only encourage him.
Fast Forward: It’s a week later and Hillary is back, but now on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
She’s in a skit with Jimmy Fallon who’s dressed as Donald Trump. She sits in a chair, next to a glass of white wine—very presidential.
From there, they continue to the actual interview where Fallon asks about her e-mails.
“Are you typing in all CAPS? Are they embarrassing? Is it like my mom, where everything is in the subject line and nothing is in the body?”
She dances around the question. “They’re kind of what are we doing? How do we do it? When’s the meeting?”
To which Fallon suggests an alternate headline to the e-mail scandal, which is, “Grandma knows how to use an e-mail.”
But, should we be joking about her e-mails? As Chris Christie said at the debate, she could have been hacked by “two 18-year-olds on a toot wanting to have some fun.”
Growing up, it was drilled into my head. Don’t talk to strangers in chat rooms and be careful of the pictures you put online, and don’t say something you don’t mean because the Internet preserves everything. Whether you meant it or not, it can always come back to haunt you.
That’s what was said to me, an eleven-year-old child in a small town. Here, she it, a presidential candidate who doesn’t understand the same message.
And on the other side, we have Donald Trump harassing the Twittersphere.
So, when weighing our options, should we take talk-show appearances into consideration?
The short answer: Probably not.
But, in if you want to disregard everything I just said, click here to watch Carly Fiorina’s Fallon appearance.