Try to imagine, if you can, what might be going through the head of Donald J. Trump as inauguration day is nigh.
One possibility might be that the days of bluster and bullshit may be coming to a close.
That is to say, the scrutiny of the president, his statements, misstatements, musings, boasts and fabrications is far more intense than it is for others.
So far, two days out from the inauguration, we have seen little of the norm from him however.
As the NY Times put it in a front page piece this morning:
“Where other presidents used the weeks before their inauguration to put the animosities of the campaign behind them and to try to knit the country together again, Mr. Trump has approached the interregnum as if he were a television wrestling star. He has taken on a civil rights icon, a Hollywood actress, intelligence agencies, defense contractors, European leaders and President Obama. The healing theme common at this stage in the four-year presidential cycle is absent.”
In addition, there’s the issue of exaggerating, to be polite.
On this very day, for instance, he tweeted – and frankly, is this any way for a president to communicate serious thoughts? – this:
"Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS."
Let’s get serious. It’s true that the auto companies have announced plans for expansion in Michigan, at least a couple of them in the works way before Trump.
Even then, by memory, that amounts to a total of about 3,000 jobs.
Not that that is chicken scratch, but compare it to Obama’s record of some 17 million jobs created on his watch.
And an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent.
Which gets to the question of whether Donald Trump is a serious man.
He seems to be most comfortable picking fights with people, tweeting, and more or less making up policy on the fly.
This is somewhat facetious, but I write a blog each day that takes me, on average, about three hours, when all of the components are considered.
You just know he doesn’t spend that kind of thought when he rips off a tweet about Meryl Streep, or whoever or whatever he is battling at the time.
Policy? What policy?
It rather fits with what seems to be ignorance of the fact that there are three branches of the federal government.
You reckon he might learn that when he tries to ram a new health care policy through Congress?
What we’re seeing here is a man about to climb a huge learning curve.
But he seems not to recognize that.