I have now had several chances to tell the following story. Every time the response has been a look of total recognition of the point accompanied by an affirming nod of the head:
Earlier this year I was reading about an instance where the president was clearly not acting in the broad interest of the public. I blurted out a comment along those lines. Let me mention that my wife is one of the least political people that you will ever meet. She is all about family and friends. Of course, if you step on her toes by telling her what she can and cannot do you might get some pushback. Because she does not have a strong interest in politics I generally make political comments on rare occasion only. When she started to respond to my comment I was expecting a question asking for further clarification of what I had said. Instead, she really surprised me by asking, “do you think the president loves the country?” I didn’t want to give a knee-jerk response. But after a long pause and thought I simply replied, “no.” She shrugged and that was that. A few months ago, the same thing happened, I commented and she questioned. This time my response was a little different. I said, “honey, I love you, now I want to fundamentally transform you.” Then she shot me a look of totally knowing that I was right, that the president doesn’t love the country. No further questions needed.
As I said earlier, everyone seems to get this instantly. The exceptions will be few.
Disclaimer: Not responsible for any person who gets clobbered while reproducing this communication experiment.