The President of the United States is a sort of elected monarch, which is why the office itself is imbued with a certain dignity, even when it is occupied by Donald Trump.
Of course, much of the respect given to the president comes from the fact that he can, in effect, destroy all life on Earth at any moment he chooses: his nuclear button really is ‘much bigger & more powerful’ than Kim Jong-un’s, and as Trump says, it really does work. But part of it also comes from the fact that the president is also the only elected official who represents the United States as a whole. In a way, he is the personification of the country, a living Uncle Sam.
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