April 14, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
I know, I know, it hasn’t been 100 days yet. But, it’s getting close enough to fire up the discussion. So, even though it’s only 83 days at the time of this blog, let’s dive right into the often choppy political waters of a Trump White House.
Here are my Top Ten 100 Day Impressions:
10. President Trump has no problem making decisions.
Now, granted, you may not agree with all of his decisions, or even some, but clearly, this is an individual very accustomed to making decisions and delegating authority to others. Buildings tend not to get built if the commander-in-construction micro-manages everything. Again, we’ll discuss the decision-making consequences in a bit, but there were times when after 4 hour NSA meetings former President Obama’s staff just wanted something other than a “Well, that was a constructive contemplation. Let’s do this again, real soon.”
Or, as LBJ once noted, “If all I wanted was knowledge I’d read a book, what I want from my cabinet are options and then I’ll decide.”
9. It doesn’t look like this president will stop tweeting any time soon.
While it still feels odd to see President Trump conducting foreign policy by twitter “Hey, N. Korea stop misbehaving or we’ll drop a MOAB on your head,” it gets a little less odd with every passing day or for that matter, tweet. At least his tweets seem like they are starting to consistently focus on presidential matters and less on his favorite targets like Rosie O’Donnell (“a fat slob) or Alec Baldwin (“Not funny, not me”) or Snoop Dawg (” a failed career”) or Madonna (“a nut job who could never sing”).
Okay, maybe he hasn’t actually shifted focus and it’s just been really a busy week or two at the White House, which brings me to #8.
8. This guy really does stay busy.
Again, depending on your politics this is either really good or a nightmare. But one thing is certain, for those who really worried that all he would do is play golf at Mar-a-Lago, he seems to really knock down 5 Hour energy drinks and by comparison, makes Barack Obama look like he was putting in 3 hour days with half the time playing hoops.
7. He seems surrounded by the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players.”
When Donald Trump is the most mature acting one in the room something is clearly amiss. At various times in the first 83 days or so, several of his key WH team have just not been up to the job. Kellyanne Conway seemed to shill Ivanka’s jewelry, kicked off her shoes and got comfy on the Oval Office couch and at one point seemed to confuse Iran with Iraq (hey, we’ve all done that last one, admit it). Sean Spicer seems oddly robotic and nervous all at the same time, and really put his loafers in his mouth on day 81 when he seemed to be letting Adolf Hitler off the hook by asserting that he (Hitler) didn’t even use chemical weapons unlike Assad. Sean, doesn’t the gas used in gas chambers during the Nazi genocide of Jews count? And behind the scenes we keep hearing that Steve Bannon and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law/presidential advisor Jared Kushner (He went to Jared’s, he went to Jared’s…sorry) are squabbling. Bannon calls Jared a “Cuck” and Jared calls Bannon an alt-right fanatic. Just remember Steve, unless Ivanka pulls the plug on Jared the president can’t fire his own son-in-law. Maybe. And we haven’t even talked about General Flynn, Roger Stone or Paul Manafort. And we won’t.
6. The Wall is still a “Beautiful thing” at least in the eyes of its Beholder and Builder.
Maybe it’s all just a daring bluff designed to scare away would-be immigrants and tunnel-dwellers who cross into the USA illegally. But the bids are real and apparently, the leading bidder to build this “beautiful wall” even would use solar panels to generate the energy to electrify the fences on top of the wall. I think I’m tearing up. I need a moment.
5. The GOP continues to act like it is the minority party.
I know, the “purists” applaud the Freedom Caucus and claim it’s the RINOs that are betraying the GOP. Whatever. The first round of trying to “Repeal and Replace” was an utter disaster. And it left many convinced that Speaker Ryan couldn’t get a symbolic bill honoring Wisconsin Cheeseheads through a delegation of cheese makers. Still. Round 2 approaches and there’s tax reform waiting to be loved by the GOP. In some ways, it seems the Democrats are begging to be put of their current misery by this GOP Mega-Power which just can’t bring itself to hit the detonator button. Which brings us to #4.
4. The Donkey still doesn’t get it.
Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and that often unhinged new DNC leader continue to rail about Russian hacking, Russian collusion, Russian spy ships, Russian meddling and for all I know that SNL guy who plays Putin on the show (Trumpy, come here comrade). With the exception of Joe Biden who seems to know exactly why they lost the election (“We forgot the middle class and we paid the price,” his words) everyone else in the party of the Donkey seems to be on a “Red Scare Alert 24/7” and has only themselves to blame for the fact that Neil Gorsuch is now Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch.
Really, Mr. Reid, you never thought your rules change would be used for ill and not good? Really?
3. They Hate him, They Really Hate Him (with apologies to Sally Fields)
CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NY TIMES, WAPO, LA TIMES, Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, and Ashley Judd really don’t respect Mr. Trump (no, that’s not it) they really dislike (no, that’s not it either) they absolutely hate this president with a white hot, unrelenting fury never before known to man or woman.
Yep, that’s it. I think it is fair to say that if President Trump (just seeing those two words together continues to cause uncontrollable rage to the above-named group) somehow cured cancer the MSM headline would be “Trump Puts Doctors Out Of Work” or “Trump Discriminates Against Heart Disease.”
And yet, their collective hatred which knows no rational bounds is only matched, nay, even exceeded by the unabashed, unapologetic bromance of Sean Hannity for his guy, Donald J. Trump. As Mr. Hannity conducts his show you almost want the camera to pan down to his papers on his desk which will no doubt show he is practicing writing his “new” name “Sean H. Trump,” Always and Forever.
Sigh. I guess the days of unbiased, objective news reporting will not be coming back anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Rachel A. Maddow is pouring over stacks of old IRS returns that might not even be Trump’s and vowing to really nail him next time. Yet, somehow her ratings are dropping and Bill O’Reilly’s (yep, the one who can’t keep his paws to himself) ratings are soaring. Go figure.
2. Mr. Trump Seems to Really Like his New Presidential Military Toys.
Related to #10, Donald Trump as President Trump seems to have truly taken the leash off of the US military might. And while dumping 60 Tomahawk Missiles on Syria in retaliation for them using horrific chemicals on their own people (including children) and dropping the “Mother Of All Bombs” on ISIS underground tunnels and hide-outs in Eastern Afghanistan does not make for a coherent foreign policy or come any where near guaranteeing the defeat of our enemies, it sure does signal a change in approach. While the military openly complained about the former president who seemed to want to micro-manage every military decision then not actually “green light” anything, this new Commander-in-Chief seems to be like a kid opening presents on Christmas Day. “Wait, what, that bomb can do what? And what does that shiny plane do? How about that long, stealth-like missile? Geez, Generals, what are you waiting for, an engraved invitation?”
Though, I am already tired of hearing the phrase “There’s a new sheriff in town.”
Which bring us to the #1 Top Take-Away from President Trump’s First 100 days:
#1. Even Hamlet Wasn’t this Split.
If you can be both one of the thinnest skinned persons alive and yet, at the same time absolutely not care and be totally indifferent to what your enemies think of you then Mr. Trump is in fact the embodiment of this seemingly walking-talking-bomb-dropping contradiction.
The amount of criticism this president has already received honestly makes the days when the media (and gasp!, the once highly respected Washington Post) leveled criticism at the notorious Richard M. Nixon seem like an air kiss.
Who knows if it is the knowledge that he has towers, mansions, yachts and secret bank accounts galore but this president just seems to be energized by conflict. Let’s face it, his supporters really dig the fact that he just doesn’t back down from anyone while his critics argue that it’s not the lack of backing down they despise but the contortions he makes when reversing “ironclad” policy stances that drives them crazy.
But the best moment so far in the first 100 (okay, 83 and counting) Days of this presidency?
Ivanka and Jared taking off to go skiing in the Alps during tense healthcare debate? Nope.
Endless talk about Russians and Susan Rice unmasking Americans? Nope.
The millions being spent to secure Melania Trump and son Barron while still living in NYC? Nope.
Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer on SNL and warning reporters that “I will get spicey on all of you rats?”
Yep. And it’s not even close.