“I know, presidents are just people. Bill
Clinton left us with no doubt on that
question. But there is a reason we give
them a mansion to live in and an enormous
airplane to fly around in. There is a reason
Democrats and Republicans alike stand up
and applaud the president when he enters
the House chamber to deliver the State of
the Union address. There is a reason we
shut down traffic and inconvenience tens of
thousands of people every time the
president visits an American city. The
president is not only the most powerful
person in the world, but also a symbol of a
great nation ā€” ā€œa shining city upon a hill,ā€
as Ronald Reagan famously said. “