Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I don't know what's worse. The fact that President Donald Trump needs his Cabinet to get together to tell everyone what a great guy he is, or the fact that his Cabinet actually goes along with Trump's request (demand?) to fawn over him, and his supposed legislative accomplishments.

With the Oval Office as backdrop, the staged praise-fest of the Donald that occurred yesterday can only be compared to the elaborate showmanship usually seen in Japan's Kabuki Theater.

Simply put, President Trump's Cabinet was there to put their leader on a pedestal, and make him look good by telling the world how great Donald Trump is, and how happy they were to serve him (and not the nation).

North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, would both recognize and be proud of the theatrics, and the feigned flattery.

While I've re-posted the first part of CNN's Chris Cillizza story below, you can access the full article - "Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever" - by clicking here,


(CNN)Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting.
The public portion of these gatherings of all of the president's top advisers are usually staid affairs. Photographers are let in to take pictures. The president makes a very brief statement. A reporter shouts a question, unanswered. The end.
Donald Trump did something very different in his Cabinet meeting Monday.
First, he reviewed the various alleged successes of his first 143 days and made this remarkable claim: "Never has there been a president....with few exceptions...who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than I have."
President Trump, clearly impressed with himself.
Um, ok. While Trump has signed a number of executive orders and actions -- the most high profile of which, the so-called "travel ban" was, again, blocked by a court on Monday -- what he hasn't really done is pass actual legislation through Congress. The health care bill is tied up in Senate machinations. Tax reform hasn't moved an inch. Funding for the border wall hasn't happened. And so on.
(Nota bene: You can't say "never has" something happened and then say "with few exceptions." Either it's never happened or it, well, has.)
But, that wasn't even close to the weirdest part of the Cabinet meeting!
Once Trump finished touting his administration's accomplishments, he turned to several of his newly-minted Cabinet secretaries like Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Each of those Cabinet secretaries lavished praise on Trump, which he accepted without comment but with a broad smile.
At first, I thought Trump was just going to have the new members of the Cabinet spend a few minutes praising him. NOPE! It soon became clear that Trump planned to have every Cabinet member speak. And when I say "speak" what I really mean is "praise Trump for his accomplishments, his foresight, his just being awesome."
You think I am exaggerating. I am not. Here's what White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said about Trump: "We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda."
I mean, WHAT?!?
The whole thing reminded me of a scene directly from the boardroom of "The Apprentice." A group of supplicants all desperately trying to hold on to their spots on the show by effusively praising Trump -- each one trying to take it a step further than the last. And Trump in the middle of it all, totally and completely pleased with himself. (Reminder: Around that Cabinet table are hugely accomplished generals, billionaires and political people with long track records of success.) ...

You can read the rest of the article here.

In the little time that we've seen Donald Trump in the White House, one thing's clear: Donald Trump is either a sick man, or a buffoon. Either way, we're in trouble.

- Mark

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