Watching our president’s strange, 77-minute meltdown last Thursday, I began to feel the slightest tickle of compassion for him– my first since experiencing his displays first-hand while living in New York City in the 1980s.
His retreat to campaign mode from life in the White House fishbowl seems understandable: how can the jeers of protestors and deepening scowls from Democrats, reporters and John McCain compete with hugs, kisses and the roar of adulation from adoring crowds?
But here’s the thing, while Trump boasts about his huge electoral win, imagines terrible incidents in Sweden and demonizes the Fourth Estate, the state of California, a state Trump did not win, is under water and in the state of Texas, a state that Trump did win, 100 homes were recently blown off the map by severe storms.
Yet, not one mention of these disasters from POTUS!
I know absolutely that if former President Barack Obama had given a press conference or attended a rally while this level of destruction was going on, something would have been said!
I do understand that the President has not had the best week, what with the Mike Flynn resignation, Russian subs off the coast of Connecticut (Flynn’s ride, just in case), and two potential Flynn replacements saying “Thanks, but no thanks!” But the people in California are having a really, really bad week. Surely a few compassate words rolling out of Mar-a-lago mansion by-the-sea might go a long way toward assuaging the 237,000,000 Americans who did not vote for President Trump.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” –Dalai Lama
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