“I thought it would be easier.”
“It’s phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky.”
Donald Trump on anti-missile defense system
Today we begin day 101 of the Trump administration. And while I truly wanted
to suggest that the administration had evolved from clown car status to even possibly a Hyundai status < or at least to a Lada> the leader of the administration, the driver president as it were, seems to want to continue being … well … a profoundly mediocre person.
Sad. Sad not in that mediocrity is a bad thing but rather he continues to not see mediocrity whenever he looks in the mirror.
Mediocre? The two opening quotes came directly from his most recent interview … this one with Reuters <whose reporter I would give a raise to simply for not laughing out loud at times>. They seem to sum up everything that makes me think Trump is just a profoundly mediocre person <and, unfortunately, my president>.
Frankly, I need to stop reading interviews he gives. Every time I do I <a> laugh out loud, <b> shake my head , <c> am mortified that someone like this is actually leading a country let alone talking with other incredibly qualified people leading their countries and <d> get angry. He always sounds like be believes he is the most interesting man in the world writing his own lines for the “Most Interesting Man In The World” advertising campaign.
<note: the Dos Equis most interesting man in the world was actually an interesting man>
I will respectfully disagree with one of Trump’s most ardent followers who suggested yesterday that “that’s how a CEO makes decisions” because the typical CEO does not make decisions like this, does not use words like this nor do they behave like this.
All that said. Another long interview and, once again, we gain some insight into the small brain of Donald J. Trump. He is foolishly naïve … often stunningly ignorant … a profoundly mediocre person.
What did he think the Presidency was?
Who thinks that being President is easy?
Who thinks it’s not a lot of work?
How could he be so blind sided … I mean … geez … all you have to do to see the difficulty and complexity of the job, and how that mental burden physically affects a President, is to look at before and after pictures of literally every President <who wasn’t wearing a wig>.
Even in this interview … one 99 days in <so he has had some experience to incorporate into his attitude & behavior> he still sounded like the guy at the end of the bar after having had one too many beers talking about how he could be as good as any CEO in the world. From the corner of the bar everything looks easier. Those of us who have seen the corner office knows it just ain’t that easy.
It’s a real job which has real challenges which requires some real skills and demands some real self-awareness.
It’s a real job and not one that resides solely in some imaginative place in which someone sits on a throne where decisions are untouchable and things get done with a word – a presidency may be the world’s most difficult job.
Given what I sense was his perception of the job, its responsibilities and its ‘power’ I can only imagine the bitterness he must feel confronted by the stark truth that in the ‘real job’ <not the one he imagined> he cannot simply do what he wants to do and not everyone respects him <if not admires him> simply because he won ‘the crown.’
But lost among all of this “Trump all the time” coverage are the people who voted for him. As he called them “the forgotten American.” You know what? I actually agree with him with regard to a lot of these people. Lots of people and their legitimate grievances were forgotten as we obsessed over a variety of well intended causes.
They have a cause too … not just survival but economic opportunity and an opportunity to contribute as Americans should contribute. And these people will pay the price not because as a mediocre president Trump ignores them <as many presidents have in the past> but because he raised their hopes and he is so mediocrely competent he cannot meet even the lowest hope.
Oh. That is not just mediocre … that is an asshat.
He is a mediocre man whose most immediate concern at the point of any decision is the Trump brand <which, at its core, is built around an image of ‘winning’ – albeit his ‘wins’ are dubious at best>.
Oh, yeah, that win thing.
I cannot explain exactly what my feeling was when I read that in the middle of a discussion with reporters <on day 98> about Chinese President Xi Jinping Donald J Trump stopped and handed out copies, to each reporter in the room, of what he said were the latest figures from the 2016 electoral map.
“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red.
“It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”
Oh. Now I know how to explain that feeling – mediocrity. A mediocre man seeking to make everyone feel he is not mediocre. A mediocre leader seeking to find ways to suggest he does not do mediocre things.
On occasion we get glimpses of what I would call, if I were generous, … encouraging signs of reality buried in the bluster. Signs that he knows how difficult the job is <which sucks compared to his incoming beliefs> and that he is woefully unprepared for it all. And when I am generous I start to think he could get better at it.
I hope so.
Who am I kidding? He is a 70 year old, bombastic, thin skinned, desperate for approval, narcissistic, mediocre asshat. He is not going to change. We may see a glimmer of ‘good shit’ on occasion but I can almost say with 90% confidence level he will remain who he is … a profoundly mediocre person.
In the end … his desire to create entertainment and the constant image/perception of ‘doing something’ only creates more uncertainty & angst than it does real solutions & progress. Beyond the fact he doesn’t act the way we should expect a leader of a business to act <let alone a president or a global leader> he verbally and behaviorally:
- remains a constant threat to free speech, free press, independent courts, checks and balances with congress, minority rights
- treats laws on nepotism and conflicts of interests as though they don’t exist
- lies so habitually that we now hesitate to trust anything he says
- is constantly amazed that the job is as difficult as it is, the world is as complicated as it is and that maybe the people who had been doing things in the past just were not as stupid as he thought they were
All of which provides constant evidence, to us, that so far is he is an utterly incompetent President.
Sorry to tell everyone but underlying all the glimmers of hope resides the one underlying truth of the moment … he is a bullshit artist and a profoundly mediocre person and that is what we should expect from day 101 on.
As one article summarized it perfectly — Trump is simply a profoundly mediocre person tragically unfit for the presidency.
He was on day 1. He was on day 100. He is on day 101. And he will be on every foreseeable day from this day on. A mediocre person who only sees an extraordinary person when he looks in the mirror.
“I thought it would be easier.”
<and, yes, I will continue to criticize him as long as he stays in my criticism crosshairs on my chart>