What does a ruler do?
(I wrote this on May 12 and, thought I thought I published it, I guess I never did.)
We all know about the president, or the king of a country. However, as I begin to think about my characters, some of who are some kind of ruler, I wondered what do they actually do? What takes up all the time in a day?
This, obviously, sends me to google. Here is all I’ve found.
Starting off, I found this great website about the Queen of England’s schedule.
This isn’t terribliy helpful, although it gives a background of the presidental job history. The only good line of a schedule is found here:
This past Wednesday was a typical day. The record shows that Bush had breakfast at 7:15 a.m. with the king of Jordan. He had his usual 8 a.m. intelligence briefing. He held meetings with senior staff and the secretary of defense. At 10:40, he motorcaded to the Capitol, where, at 11:05, he participated in a ceremony honoring heart surgeon Michael DeBakey. Back at the White House, his schedule included a photo op with organ donors, Perino said. At 2:10 p.m., he had a meeting with some business leaders, and at 2:30, he met with Republicans from Congress. At 3:35, he briefly addressed the media about National Small Business Week.
Invariably, Bush has an exercise period in the mix, and almost invariably, he stays at home in the evening….
Then lights out at 9 p.m., or not much later.
Bush very rarely goes out on the town. He seldom appears before audiences that aren’t carefully screened in advance. By his own account, he is immersed in the war he began.
Here is the actual President’s schedule, just in case you’re ever curious.
This is an interesting article on the events of 9/11 and Bush actions during it. I actually only read through his stay at the elementary school. It is obviously written by someone who is annoyed at Bush, since his whole article seems to be written in order to cause people to demand why Bush didn’t respond. However, I’m thinking of it more from a writing perspective. A plane is highjacked one random day, what are they thinking? Oh, wait, a second plane is now as well. And how does a 40 minute delayed flight effect things? When the plane was highjacked at 8:13, would anyone have imagined it would be crashed into the towers thirty minutes later? Now, take that apply it to your writing.
This is just a cursory overview of what the president does. Not helpful to me, but maybe to you.
Here I have an interesting job description for a prime minister.