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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 02:34 PM

The Incredible Shrinking President

https://prospect.org/impeachment/incredible-shrinking-president-g7-doral/

The Incredible Shrinking President
In the midst of an impeachment crisis, a Middle East crisis, and a trade crisis, Trump finds time to indulge his pettiest impulses.
by Paul Waldman
October 21, 2019

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It’s not that he wouldn’t like to accomplish great things, but when he finds the going difficult, he retreats to the smallest of victories (or the smallest of fights). Getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons would have been a historic achievement, but Trump couldn’t make it happen, so now he prattles on about all the “beautiful letters” Kim Jong Un has sent him, as though no other president could have procured such a prize. He can’t convince Congress to fund his border wall, so he obsesses over the details of the nonexistent wall, such as whether it will be painted black and have spikes on top.

That’s when he’s not spending hours every day watching Fox News, like plenty of other angry 73-year-old white guys who don’t happen to be the most powerful person on earth.

And despite his obsession with looking strong, Trump seems weaker than ever. He writes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a childish letter demanding that Erdogan not launch a military operation into northern Syria, which Erdogan promptly ignores. He sends Rudy Giuliani on an international mission to pursue lunatic conspiracy theories and dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a project that will lead to his own impeachment—and Biden was probably never going to be the Democratic nominee anyway. He complains about Fox News polls.

Some presidents have thought in bigger, longer-term ways than others, trying to effect deep and lasting change and worrying about how history will judge them. But all have had at least some largeness of vision, the understanding that the office confers on them a unique responsibility to the country and the future. Donald Trump is, if anything, a smaller man now than he was before he took office: pettier, more insecure, more impulsive, more juvenile, all his character flaws only heightened by his unique position.

It might be nice to think that at some point that will change and he’ll become “presidential,” as so long ago he promised he would. But nobody believes that anymore. He’ll only get smaller.

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babylonsister Oct 21 OP
Stuart G Oct 21 #1
CrispyQ Oct 21 #2
PJMcK Oct 21 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Oct 21 #4
MyOwnPeace Oct 21 #5
cannabis_flower Oct 21 #18
flibbitygiblets Oct 21 #6
tblue37 Oct 21 #7
patphil Oct 21 #8
gordianot Oct 21 #9
Wounded Bear Oct 21 #10
Perseus Oct 21 #15
volstork Oct 21 #17
spanone Oct 21 #11
dawnie51 Oct 21 #12
oasis Oct 21 #13
Perseus Oct 21 #14
Toorich Oct 21 #16
flying_wahini Oct 21 #19
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 21 #20

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 02:37 PM

1. Thank You for posting...K and R..no text..

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 02:44 PM

2. "Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are." Michelle Obama -nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 02:45 PM

3. Honey, I shrank the country!

Rick Moranis' next film.

(snark, if needed)

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:04 PM

4. No dirt to dig up. tRump was outsourcing dirt FABRICATION, paying with taxpayer dollars. . . . nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:41 PM

5. What a terrible example of

an unqualified person actually being in that position.
The man has continually proven himself to be a fool, completely incapable of actually doing the job.
And then, he campaigns telling everybody that he will hire the best people, the best experts.
Out of those, how many have already quit or proven themselves to be equally as unqualified as himself.

God save the United States.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:30 PM

18. Yep...

I'm unqualified and I'd probably make a better president.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:49 PM

6. I thought this was going to be another post about Dump overstating his height

to avoid being labeled "obese". Also because he's a pathological liar.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:00 PM

7. K&R. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:03 PM

8. I knew there was a reason I didn't watch Fox News.

I'm a white, 73 year old male, and I'm very sure I'm not the most powerful person on the planet.
So it must be the anger factor, or should I say the lack of anger.
I'm just not pissed off enough to watch Fox News.

Patrick Phillips

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Response to patphil (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:30 PM

9. You have clear signs of good mental health.

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Response to patphil (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:32 PM

10. If you watched Fox News you could definitely get angrier...

if you want to, of course.

It seems to have that effect on folks.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #10)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:39 PM

15. Well, you have to believe their crap in order to get angrier, if don't believe it, you laugh it off

Best thing is to not bother with faux news.

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Response to patphil (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:28 PM

17. I can't give proper credit,

because I don’t know the source, but someone has said, “I don’t watch Fox News for the same reason that I don’t eat out of the toilet.”

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:33 PM

11. may he get so small he disappears....forever and ever.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:34 PM

12. I think it's fair to assume....

that "executive time" is code for Dump taking care of this personal business interests, the hospitality kind, from the Oval Office. The mystery of what the hell he does all day, since it's obvious he does nothing for the national interest, cleared right up with this Doral fiasco. He is managing his resorts, on our time and dime.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:36 PM

13. Drip, drip drip. Shrink, shrink, shrink.

< bye, bye cruel world.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 04:37 PM

14. "It might be nice to think that at some point that will change and he'll become 'presidential,'"

That is asking for an impossibility, and no, I don't want him to become more presidential, I want him gone, and all the crooks around him.

Why would he end his article with that line? Why "would it be nice if be became 'presidential'?" I don't get it.

A better ending would be:
"On his own he has managed to show his real self, and by that he has made himself smaller to those few who once believed in him, and he will only get smaller."

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 05:09 PM

16. The ongoing Republican criminality...

... began with the plot to stage a coup against FDR; Nixon's deliberate criminality; Reagan's
sleepwalk through 8 years, except to wake-up long enough to "union bust" and allow the Rich and
Connected to loot the savings and loan industry and to lie about the "arms for hostages/Iran-Contra"
debacle; Bush I pardoned the Iran-Contra conspirators before they went to trial. He said he was
out of the loop, but in his diary he claimed to be one of the few people who knew the whole story;
Bush II lied us into a "20 year and still counting war", torture, illegal wiretapping, millions of missing emails,
outing Valerie Plame, etc, etc, etc.

This will continue until and unless Republican crimes are prosecuted.
Sorry to rant, but I am old enough to remember when Eisenhower was president. Hell,
he'd be considered a decent liberal politician in today's climate.
It seems that since then, the lawlessness has gotten more brazen with each
successive Republican president.
It's time to put a stop to it.

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Response to Toorich (Reply #16)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 06:20 PM

19. You are correct, sir.


The time to stop them came and went. I’m thinking we
Should all take to the streets. I hope we manage to keep our constitution intact.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:56 PM

20. Traitor Tot, Li'l Donnie Two-Scoops, Cowardly Cadet Bone Spurs ...

He has big nicknames.

The Dumbest Don, Don The Con, Donald Cut-n-Run TrumPutin.

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