VP Pence Advises Students On "Leadership" And It's - Something

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

I don’t know if Vice President Pence was being sarcastic, or if he actually believes this. Either way – WOW.

The VP was speaking with students in Chicago, and the topic turned to how to be a “leader” like President Trump.

In what may be the greatest case of Stockholm Syndrome in our lifetime, Pence addressed these young minds.

During a speech at the National Student Leadership Conference, Pence said in order for a leader to be like the president, they must listen, be humble, have a character people respect, work to serve others and learn from other leaders.

He was talking about Donald Trump, here. I just want to make sure everyone is perfectly clear on this.

“I truly believe that to reflect humility is to approach leadership every day as a learner and as a listener,” Pence told the students, according to a White House transcript of his speech.

Pence pointed to a meeting during Trump’s transition into office, when the president-elect “listened intently” and probed “virtually all of the high-tech entrepreneurs and executives in America.”

And then he runs off and does whatever he wants, or finds some way to tweet himself into total chaos.

“I urge you to be servant leaders, driven by a calling to support and to serve others — not by selfish ambition — as the animating force of your career,” he continued.

Pence also advised that they should “respect those who have been placed above you.”

“Honor them. Learn from them. Follow their example. Give them the honor that they are due,” he added.

Respect. I’m assuming he’s veered away from talking about Trump, at this point.

“Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, we are in the midst of a great national renewal. We are seeing the return of security and prosperity for our nation and our people,” Pence told the students.

Blink twice if you need someone to rescue you, Mr. Pence.

He also said of future leaders they should, “practice discipline and to practice self-control” in order “to become the kind of woman and man that people will respect and people will follow.”

No. He’s no longer talking about Trump.

Some have noticed that Pence has done a lot of backing away from the latest Trump blowup, making sure others know he was not a part of the Trump campaign, at the time Trump Jr. was entertaining a Russian attorney at Trump Tower. Maybe he’s giving a sly nod to himself, instead.

Heads up, Pence. While you’re worlds better than Trump, people don’t tend to see milquetoasts as great leaders, either.