Bill Clinton in 1993.
Donald Trump on Friday.
Kennedy inspired both, but in different ways. Clinton saw the perks. The chicks. The riches. Hyannis Port.
Trump heard the words: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Over the years, Trump exceeded JFK in chicks and money. By far. And if Mar-a-Lago does not top Hyannis Port, then living in a three-story penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue certainly does.
And Bill Clinton's tenure as president was successful. He balanced the budget -- dragged all the way by Newt Gingrich -- and to be fair, his tax hike really replaced Bush 41's tax hike. His welfare reform rocked.
But he could not keep it zipped, could he?
Not that Trump was a choir boy. How could he cheat on Ivana? How could he cheat on Marla? And yet he did.
Still, the only harm was to his company, not his country.
Now at 70, he should have all that out of his system.
Then there is the money. His presidential campaign cost him a bundle. $66 million directly in campaign money, plus the loss of a hit TV show, a Macy's fashion line, and the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageant series.
Reports are mixed as to whether this hurt business at his resorts and hotels, but one thing is sure: he will not be expanding his empire for the next four years.
And that is what economists call an opportunity cost.
Bill Clinton entered public service broke and wound up with $150 million.
Donald Trump entered public service rich and wound up losing $150 million already.
He does not need the money. He already has all the fame and fortune one man can attain. I really truly believe he wants to serve his country first, last, and always.
Is he our Nehemiah, rebuilding our wall?
We shall see how this pans out.
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