The veneer of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory has begun to fracture, as it has become evident through his post-victory behavior that Trump had no intention of actually winning the presidential election. Had Trump believed he was going to win, he would not find himself with his pants down as the world watches him taken by surprise over trivialities which are the least of his new worries.
Trump visited President Obama in the White House last week. It was the first time the two had actually met one another. While being hosted by a gracious Obama, Trump’s team admitted to amateurish mistakes and beliefs including not knowing that when Obama leaves office that Trump’s administration would be responsible for hiring an entirely new staff for the White House. Can you imagine the stupidity of Trump’s team? Who do they think staffs the White House? Would they prefer a team of mostly Democrats to be at their service? It is both mind-boggling and frightening to know Trump will have his finger on the nuclear button while considering the trivialities of daily presidential life that are confounding him.
President Obama noticed Trump “seemed surprised” as he explained to Trump about his daily duties. Trump, evidently, believed his own rhetoric that Obama performed no job functions as the president, and actually golfed all day. In reality the president works a 24-hour schedule, often sleeping in two-hour increments while dealing with some of the most complex problems in the world. As Obama put it during the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, the toughest questions Trump has had to grapple with are if he should fire the actor Gary Busey.
With the election now in the rearview mirror, Obama is putting on a conciliatory face with Trump in public. Behind closed doors how the two behave towards one another is the guess of anyone else. However, Obama knows that Trump is unprepared and according to the Wall Steet Journal he will be spending far more time than a sitting president normally would with his replacement to attempt to get Trump up to speed on actually running the country. Obama said to Trump during his visit, “I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”
Trump’s rise has exposed his brand of aloof laziness, and for better or worse he is going to be the 45th President of the United States. Obama, being the only adult in the room, realizes he must put partisan differences aside — and how difficult that must be — to attempt to stop the train wreck that is Trump from damaging the country by simply not understanding how to govern. That’s what happens when the population elects a man with no political experience against one of the most qualified people to ever seek the Oval Office. Now we all have the joy and pleasure of living in that reality.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.