Roger Pugh

Letter to America: Probationary President

In his latest Letter to America, Australian Roger Pugh proposes that we introduce the idea of a probationary period for elected Presidents, a test drive, as it were.


G’day Americans,

Down here, we appreciate how debilitating it can be to try and choose a new national leader between two absolute plonkers because we’re currently going through that same enervating experience ourselves. I thought it might help in your hour of need if I gave you some idea of the measures we are considering to address the problem.

In your case, it would mean that the candidate elected President would take office on a one-year trial period in view of serious concerns about the extreme longer-term risk of appointing either candidate for a four-year term.

That could be shortened to six months if the incumbent shows pronounced psychopathic tendencies, like starting a war or two or suffering delusions of coming under sniper fire when getting off planes. Furthermore, it’s possible that six months would be more than enough to exhaust the worthwhile Presidential contributions from both Trump and Hillary.

The year’s Presidential trial could be positioned as a probationary period and this could be especially appropriate for Hillary who could either be on trial or probation anyway.

After the new President has been in office for a year, all Americans could vote online for him or her to 1) stay or 2) retire and open the obligatory library.

Possibly six months in the White House would be more than adequate to judge whether Trump is every bit as barking as Jeb Bush and Hillary are warning us he would be. And six months in the White House could be all that’s needed for the FBI to make a decision on Hillary.

It’s possible that both Trump and Hillary could have trouble in perceiving the merit of this proposal. However, it could be the way to prevent people taking desperate measures, like building a wall ’round The White House to prevent the President getting out.

It is fascinating to view this trial Presidency concept through the perspective of history. Just think of the better space your country might be in if the Obama and George W. Presidencies had both been limited to one year.

Our advice from down under based on extensive research into the effects of elections on mental health is to concentrate less on the Presidential election itself and more on ensuring it doesn’t seriously biodegrade your brain function.

Roger Pugh




Roger Pugh

Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.

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