Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How vociferously will Trump resist the influence, allure of the presidency?

I see where President-elect Donald Trump is saying he doesn’t really want to live in the White House – he envisions being able to govern the nation from his high-rise luxury apartment in Manhattan, with trips to his Mar-A-Lago mansion in Florida and an occasional visit to that ugly tower along the Chicago River.
Will this replace the White House?

As though he can keep conducting himself as though he’s running his usual business interests. Does Trump secretly envision that the nation will be renamed from the "United States of America" to "Trump – the country?"

OF COURSE, THE sensible thing for us to do with such egotistical pronouncements is to chuckle at the naivete being expressed. I don’t doubt that the security concerns involved in protecting a chief executive of the nation will require Trump to accept residence in the presidential mansion in the District of Columbia.

Even though I’m sure Trump probably thinks the nation’s mansion is downright drab compared to the tacky level of gaudiness that exists at so many of his other properties, and may think Harry Truman had a point when he referred to the White House as the "crown jewel of the federal penal system."

Trump kind of reminds me of the statements that Barack Obama made in the early days of his presidency – when he insisted he and the family were going to be making regular trips to Chicago so as to revitalize themselves. They would need their Chicago fix.

Not that the man has never set foot in Chicago since becoming president. But practicality has made them into District of Columbia residents to the point where they openly admit they’re not returning to the city once his term ends in January.

THERE WON’T BE that final flight for Obama and family on board Air Force One to the Second City on Inauguration Day – which is what tradition would call for.
Presidential vacation home?

Although I suspect that the Trump-type of voters are probably snickering to themselves and saying Obama doesn’t deserve the perk – we ought to let him hitch-hike, then have him arrested for vagrancy on the walk home!

In short, there’s a lot of nonsense we’re going to hear in coming weeks as Trump tries to wrap his mind around the reality that he’s now going to be legally responsible for the fate of this country. He will be blamed for everything that goes wrong in coming years.
For when he deigns to visit Chicago

His legacy now is not going to be some garish buildings and being the “best sex” Marla Maples ever had (if you believe the New York Post). He’s going to have to start behaving like a serious human being – instead of an egotistical blowhard.

IT IS WITH that in mind that people are watching his appointments.

Some may be relieved he didn’t put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (himself a blowhard) in charge of anything. Others are repulsed that Steve Bannon will have anything to do with our government – he has edited conservative websites and often gets the labels of “racist” and “anti-semitic” attached to his name.

But the one that intrigues me is that of Reince Priebus – the head of the Republican National Committee who took his share of abuse during the campaign from Trump for being amongst those GOPers who resisted the charms of The Donald as president.

A quick look through Google finds headlines from earlier this year reading Reince Priebus, other Republicans, denounce Trump’s indefensible comments about women and Reince Priebus condemns Trump on Muslim ban, amongst others.
Will he be first fired by 'President' Trump?
YET NOW, TRUMP is using the political operative to be his chief of staff – the guy who’s going to be in charge of the presidential staff and will be largely responsible for whether or not the Trump presidency succeeds at accomplishing anything.

Is Priebus feeling the “call of the White House” and can’t resist a chance to “serve his country?” Or does he just need a job that badly.

And as for Trump, is this a sign that he’s adapting to the political realities of being president? That he may try to conduct himself like a responsible human being?

Or is the reality that the instant Priebus does something to offend the president, he’ll become the first individual to get a “You’re Fired!” from the Trump administration?


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