January 24, 2017

A Revealing Early Look Inside: Fury, Tumult and a Reboot

Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Matea Gold - The Washington Post:

This account of Trump’s tumultuous first days in office comes from interviews with nearly a dozen senior White House officials and other Trump advisers and confidants, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations and moments.

Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.

We should expect gaffs from new administrations, staffed by people unfamiliar with White House operations and each other. They’ll settle in soon.

What’s remarkable is that so many were willing to speak off the record for this story, and that they were so forthcoming in particular about Mr. Trump’s temperament. Give the article a quick, five-minute read.

Politics is news. Temperament is usually left unspoken.

How many stories have we read or heard of Obama’s or G.W. Bush’s temperament? Few. Obama was cool as a cucumber; too much so, for some. W. was “the decider,” un-interested in debate among his deputies. That’s about it.

There’s governance going on at the White House, too. Years of policy effort are being undone. That’s news. Frighteningly, yet unsurprisingly it’s spearheaded by a man temperamentally unfit for the duties he is tasked to perform.

Regret will begin to surface in coming weeks, first among those whose vote for Mr. Trump was a lesser-of-two-evils act. It’ll spread among those who thought they were electing someone who, by virtue of his so-called business acumen, would be a good chief executive of the United States.

The former are fools, swayed by false news stories and personal animus. They are guilty of confirmation bias. The latter erred in their understanding of Mr. Trump’s previous successes, and by differences between business and government. Both missed the more personal story of his inner demons. It was reported, but largely ignored by mouthpiece “news” organizations.

Out in the weeds of “forgotten” America will remain those who, to quote a popular film of recent years, “just want to watch the world burn.” Their vote for Mr. Trump was a wrench purposefully tossed into the works of government, a government that hasn’t worked for them for a long while.

Shaking up the status quo is a good thing from time to time. By its nature it isn’t predictable, and not fully under control of those doing the shaking.

If you were one of us doing the shaking this story should give you pause. The wrench you threw is, now dangerously to our republic, unstable.

One final thought. I’ve had the misfortune of close association with a narcissist. I didn’t understand this person’s problem at the time. I just couldn’t seem to peacefully exist  alongside. I wrote about this person here.

Researching how to deal with this person once I figured it out, the first suggestion I found from among many sources was, don’t. Get far away, because you can never win or even co-exist with them.

Americans will come to regret Mr. Trump.

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