Monday, February 18, 2013

Guest commentary: Here's a star for you, Mom-in-Chief, Reema

by Dr Hermia Ophelia Tynsdale
Unlike the USA, our President is not both Head of Government and Head of State. Despite that, the President's job is most prestigious and demanding and, from what I sense, will come more and more into its own as time progresses under this government. 

The present and increased spotlight will unavoidably place or invite additional burdens on the new President's family. If the family's not prepared, it may become overwhelmed with the quantum leap in social standing which Justice Carmona's elevation to Presidential Office unavoidably delivers to his very charming family. 

To prevent such a horrid thing, I suggest a small but savvy Smooth Transition Advisory Retinue (STAR) be immediately established to help them adjust to life as the First Family of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

I can't speak for you, but, for me, the most remarkable thing (because it has gone unnoticed) is the youthfulness of incoming President Anthony Carmona's wife and children. I don't believe President's House has ever harboured such a young First Lady. 

At most, she must be in her late 30s or early 40s. If I go strictly with the photos published, I'd say she's about 30. Either way, she is young enough to be considered young by every age group. Her husband is accustomed to being in the spotlight and is older than her so will cope easily. STAR would therefore have to pay special attention to her. Delays would be unacceptable. 

I take the opportunity to offer a few pointers to First Lady-Elect, Reema Carmona. Each is based on the best example I could find...Michelle Obama, first black First Lady of the United States. Nobody could deny First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the Oval Office to heights her illustrious husband couldn't alone.

So, Madam Reema (yes, get accustomed to being called that!), I suggest you embrace youth health and education as the primary issues you'd handle. 

Accordingly, I suggest you get and stay involved in activities designed to uplift our nation's youth. A wise man once said our nation's future lies in school children's schoolbags. It's clear his own party didn't believe him, because a huge chunk of our youth seem lost due to poor parenting. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. 

Because of your youthfulness, by your personal example (in the way you carry and conduct yourself), you, as Mom-in-Chief, will work wonders to improve and inspire our younger generation (and youthful parents) to turn away from depravity and reach for the stars.

Involvement in youth health and education issues will mean making the regular circuit of all educational institutions in Trinidad and Tobago as well as all orphan homes, homes for differently-abled children and children's wards (we don't yet have a Children's Hospital, but one's on the way). 

Ensuring and sponsoring shows and concerts where talented youths can express themselves might lack appeal if your husband takes the lead. On the other hand, if you champion such causes, just as it does for First Lady Michelle, the world will trip over itself to note and promote every single breath you take, every word you speak, every step you take, every move you make, because we all now look up to you as our Mom-in-Chief.

My oh my! I do believe I've said more than a mouthful? I ought to close up shop and let the STAR do its work!

Dr Hermia Ophelia Tynsdale,
SMR, Otaheite,
South Trinidad,
West Indies

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