Personally, I think we were better off when he was a reality TV game show host.
If you're a member of the press and you have some free time this coming weekend, here's my double feature movie tip for you. First, watch THE POST, directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Tom Hanks, as Ben Bradlee, the ballsy editor of The Washington Post and Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, publisher of the newspaper. As first, Kay seems insecure in her duties. She's in a business in which she's only the only woman present and she's surrounded by men who don't listen to her. When the Pentagon Papers story breaks, she will find her voice -- and grow some brass ovaries. She'll be a great partner for Bradlee.
We're now in an age in which most of the movies that bring in big bucks at the box office have caped characters who zoom through the air in action fantasies. THE POST should have brought in big money and influenced young movie-goers the way ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN did. It's got Spielberg, Hanks and Streep in peak form in a story that's urgent and relevant today. Watch this 2017 film and keep in mind that this story happened before the Watergate scandal broke. Here's a trailer.
After THE POST, watch ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN. This story also takes us to the offices of The Washington Post. We'll see Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee in this one. (He got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for it. He's good. However, Hanks delivered a more accurate portrayal of Bradlee in carriage, attitude and cadence of speech. But he didn't get nominated.) This story occurs after The Washington Post established itself as a serious contender in the world of newspaper journalism with its reports on the Pentagon Papers. Here's a trailer for the 1976 film.
Now watch this scene from ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN and think of all the investigative work that the journalists did. It was done back in the day before cable news and a 24-hour news cycle. It was done before we had laptops, Wikipedia, Google, cellphones, text messages and social media. Reporters used rotary phones, pay phones, they did painstaking research in a library and they used typewriters. Look at what they accomplished for democracy.