When it comes to stating praise and accolades directed to the 45th president of the United States, the very first one who has been known to lavish those greetings has been no other than the vice president, Michael Pence.
Party observers from both sides of the aisle have been used to watching the steps undertaken thus far by Vice President Pence.
Media reports were swift in catching the usual flattery coming from Pence when he commented on the recent meeting between the two presidents, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Pence immediately supported Trump’s presence at the now well-known Helsinki meeting of Monday, July 12, 2018.
“What the world saw, what the American people saw, is that President Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first,” was the initial response of Pence who, in his characteristic stance did not veer away from his “usual self,” in leading praises galore directed to his chief.
Since Trump literally showing hardly any interest in actually being the Republican leader, Pence has not shied away from occupying the presidential void.
Pence’s taking over such political functions, i.e., headlining major Republican events, fundraising, and making decisions on aides to hire who have had experience in running campaigns, are illustrative of the extent of the vice presidency’s position.
It is no longer borne by hushed tones about how Pence has been busy in building up Republican goodwill, as it has displayed the warmth of the vice president aimed at his chief.
A pillar of the Republican party who prefers to remain anonymous said: “Pence clearly wants to be president when Trump is done,” as the same news source clearly named the years: 2020 or 2024.
One political analyst recounted an incident when Trump heard the veep would be speaking at the National Rifle Association convention, he announced that he, too, would make an address.
George Will, in writing for The Washington Post said: “Pence is America’s most repulsive public figure, and should never be president.”
Returning to Trump, the same source described POTUS “is what he is.”
“A floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities, nothing less, what you see, is what you get.”
Pence, on his own, has been known to endear himself to his given role, described as “an obsequious toady –an ‘oleaginous’ man for whom no amount of brownnosing is too much.”
One typical form of adulation Pence has aired in praising Trump runs in this manner: “It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to President Trump.”
The aforementioned would be the first greeting he would give when addressing crowds.
On a very recent visit to Israel, Pence compared Trump to King David.
Speculations about Pence’s presidential ambitions have not been unknown.
One that has been heard often enough has run this way: “Pence’s extreme sycophancy won’t help his presidential ambitions. If Trump resigns, is removed from office, or chooses not to run for re-election, it’s hard to imagine Republicans turning to the veep as a savior.”
Pence has always been identified as the leader in reminding crowds to give Trump all the respect due his position as president.
For much of its existence, the office of the vice presidency was seen as “little more than a minor position,” according to the annals of the nation’s historical background.
John Adams, the first vice president in American history was quoted in a letter sent to his wife, Abigail Adams that his position “was the first of many frustrations coming from the complete insignificance of the office.”
If Michael Pence will continue to have his way, he will be recognized as heaping untold significance on the office of the vice presidency.