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 You have to wonder. Does former President Obama rue the roasting he gave to Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondent's Dinner? Was that the final motivation that a fragile yet swollen ego required to forge the decision to go all in on a future run for the Presidency? Was the public humiliation of Donald Trump the equivalent of the butterfly flapping it's wings, magnifying its effects through chaos, and eventually resulting in the hurricane which now envelops us?


No, this one single event did not trigger the madness. Donald Trump had for decades revealed himself to be a small-time hustler who used the modern media environment to peddle his brand image. Each media conquest fed that ego, as he gained the fawning attention of the B-list celebrities who tried to resuscitate their brands by playing as apprentices. That was one reason why the jabs at the Correspondent's dinner hurt so much - they were true, and the joking reference to decisions as to who to fire on the show would cause President Obama to spend sleepless nights tore at the shredded remnants of Donald Trump's psyche. And all the while, the President knew that the operation to take out Osama Bin Laden was taking shape during the dinner.


All that Donald Trump could perceive at that moment was that he was once more, not a true member of the club. He was an object of ridicule. They weren't laughing with him, they were laughing at him. You can tell from the stern look on his face as he faced his taunters from the podium. He was plotting his revenge. And to the dismay of those who prefer peace to fire and fury, he now is fulfilling that primal urge.


We can all ponder the madness of the electorate in 2015 and 2016 as this shallow ideologue harangued his campaign rallies, providing the spark for the disaffected of the nation to strike back at all of the misery caused by the elites. No one would ever mistake Donald Trump as an elite figure. His boorish manners, his stunted vocabulary, his appeal to the baser emotions of his core of supporters, all of these tactics showed his adoring fans that HE was one of THEM! And they lapped it up - calling out "Lock Her Up!", turning on the press as he called them "LYING". No, it is not surprising that Donald has kept up with a need to feed off of crowds at rallies, far away from any election. The emotion that feeds him also feeds his crowds, making them feel real emotions and allowing them to imbibe in the energy of the mob. Donald Trump's success came from his ability to tap into this inchoate dissatisfaction with the world, and enabled him to ride the wave of anger his movement unleashed.


The same wave of anger has swelled in many nations at this time. Europe has a multitude of movements where the tendency is to pull inward, take care of those most like us, and show hatred for all who are different. Donald Trump is the manifestation of this impulse in the US. Unfortunately for all of the citizens of the world, he is the manifestation who has the accumulated power of the greatest military force in the world's history at his beck and call. And thus we were treated to the image of President Trump, flanked by almost exclusively men in uniform and their women, as he referred to a gathering as the "Calm before the storm." This is from the President who seems incapable of serious reflection, preferring instead to send out 140 character instruments of mass covfefe.


The nuclear response capability of the US is stuck back in the 1970's and 1980's, where rapidity of response would be required to ensure that our forces were unleashed before the incoming volleys from our prime adversary could land and take out our ability to retaliate. The premise was that there was a confirmed attack underway, and this speed in response was absolutely required. Thus, there are deliberately very few barriers in place between the time that a President determines nuclear response is required, and that response being activated. Now we have a President of the United States who has extremely poor impulse control, who internalizes any criticism as disloyalty to the nation (and himself), and who exhibits zero unscripted empathy (paper towels, anyone?). This President could unilaterally decide to plunge the world into nuclear destruction.  What could possibly go wrong?


Meanwhile, this President is exacting his revenge upon the legacy of his predecessor. Witness his pitiful attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Time and time again, he praised the latest Republican attempt as a wonderful plan, only to back away and claim it was a hateful plan once it failed to run the legislative gauntlet. He had zero input into these plans. Their only redeeming virtue in his mind was that they would eliminate that hated plan that Obama created.


So maybe it isn't possible to directly delete the ACA via a frontal attack. Throw up administrative barriers to ensure that it fails. Anything to remove the legacy of that horrible president, who after all wasn't born in the US. Where else can we undermine his actions? Of course, trade and treaties. Forget whether they are in the interest of the US, they were part of the legacy of that hated predecessor. Toss them out! And yes, any of the environmental actions taken during the last 8 years? Cease their enforcement, rescind their authority, and unleash a flood of fossil fuels to fill gas tanks for our nation.


Yes, one wonders whether President Obama wishes to apologize for his jibes and jabs during the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner. His partner at the dais Seth Myers did apologize for his part in the taunting of Trump that night. Apologized for assisting in unleashing this madman on the nation. Of all of the symbols of President Obama's legacy, it may be that steeling Donald Trump's quest for revenge may be the most significant, if unintended, consequence.


Posted at my blog https://evenabrokenclock.blog



Dino Manalis Added Oct 9, 2017 - 4:44pm
Trump should stop campaigning, the election is over, it's time to govern and bring us together, not tear us further apart.  Obama is over, but Trump has to deal with his predecessor's policies in a bipartisan manner to gain legislative victories to make America greater!
Jeffrey Kelly Added Oct 9, 2017 - 7:32pm
Well said, Broken Clock.  I naively thought we were past the point where a ridiculous snake-oil salesman could become president of the USA.  
George N Romey Added Oct 9, 2017 - 8:44pm
Donald Trump is the result of a miserably failed Obama administration and after Donald Trump the worst candidate of all time. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 10, 2017 - 1:47am
Not at all unlike the vitriol directed at the previous occupant of 1600. Same butt juice different butt.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 10, 2017 - 10:34am
Neelon - His father started in Queens. In New York, that was the epitome of small-time, though it would be considered huge in any place other than NY. Donald Trump tried to insinuate his way into the upper crust by expanding his real estate empire to Manhattan. He has had mixed success. His first foray into Manhattan, the Plaza Hotel, ended up being lost as part of the first round of corporate bankruptcy in the early 1990's. He's had better luck with properties like the Trump Tower. But his investments in Atlantic City proved more glitz than gold, and all of his properties there ended up in bankruptcy.
As far as using the media, no one has been more savvy (yes, give him credit where credit is due) in obtaining free exposure in the media. Whether it was the ongoing relationship with Howard Stern, trading raunch with raunch, or whether it was getting wall-to-wall coverage of his rallies during the campaign, or whether it was ingratiating himself with the Fox News team, he managed to gain the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in free media exposure. That is using the media. His well-publicized feuds with the print and other broadcast media now feeds into the well-established persona he's crafted for himself.
Even now, he tweets to draw attention away from things that are embarrassing. He uses the media and they still are not reacting against his onslaught effectively.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 10, 2017 - 10:36am
Jeffry - I prefer 16 molar sulfuric acid in my vitriol. What do you prefer?
Mike Haluska Added Oct 10, 2017 - 12:46pm
I much prefer the "Bitch Slapping" that Dr. Ben Carson gave President Obama at the National Press Club Luncheon.  Liberals think that talking smack about an opponent who isn't present in front of a hand-picked audience of obsequious sycophants is "brave".  This is Bill Maher's playground - whenever he strays from it he gets his ass handed to him.
No, Dr. Carson stood there in the Lion's Den and looked at President Obama and called out the fraud for what he really is - right in front of the Democratic Party's propaganda arm, the Mainstream Media and the Hollywood Elite.  He did it in a direct yet respectful manner and not behind Obama's back or when he was outside of the US. 
Ari Silverstein Added Oct 10, 2017 - 11:40pm
To say Donald Trump is small-time because his father was small-time is ridiculous.  By that definition, that would mean almost nobody is big-time.  It should also be said that the best business people are those that have failed on occasion.  The worst business people are those that have never failed as that simply means they’re way too conservative. 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Mike, are you referring to the National Prayer Breakfast day from a few years ago? The event where the White House did ask for an apology, but then once one was not forthcoming, no action was taken?  I certainly do not remember a series of attacks from President Obama or his proxies against Dr. Ben Carson, and do not remember a series of personal insults hurled against him. I saw someone who acknowledged the criticisms, then moved on, unlike the thin-shelled denizen of the current White House.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 11, 2017 - 9:47am
Ari, I think you misinterpret what I said. I must not have been clear. To the vast majority of the country, Donald Trump is viewed as overwhelmingly successful and indeed, as big time. But in the insular world of what counts in Manhattan, he has never been one of the in crowd, no matter how hard he has tried. I truly believe that this is one of the slights that Donald Trump has suffered during his life, a slight that has fermented within his brain, and has driven his behavior to show all of them who's really the boss.
I don't have great admiration for Donald Trump's business skills, but I do acknowledge that he has leveraged his name into a commodity that he has monetized effectively. That has come at the expense of those who took losses as his business subsidiaries sought repeated protection through the bankruptcy laws. It has also come at the expense of his failure to pay many of his contractors because of unspecified failures to meet undocumented requirements that existed solely within his mind.
A large part of the deficiencies of Donald Trump in dealing with the structure of government is that he has never been accountable to anyone other than himself. If he had to be responsible to a corporate board and to stockholders, he would have learned in the past that his powers had limits, and he would have to sometimes bend to other's wills. The fact that the first time he's ever had accountability is when he is in the Oval Office has led to his failure to adapt to the reality he now finds himself in.
Mike Haluska Added Oct 11, 2017 - 11:29am
Broken Clock -
you're correct, it was the National Prayer Breakfast.  Of course, Obama didn't attend many of these events and stopped National Prayer Day participation entirely.  Probably because he didn't feel comfortable showing up with his prayer rug.
And by the way, what did Dr. Carson say that required an apology? 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 11, 2017 - 3:40pm
Mike, presumably what you considered to be the calling out of the President as a fraud. I don't recall the exact sentiments Dr. Carson expressed in 2013. And by the way, your comment on President Obama stopping National Prayer Day participation is, how does your leader call it, "fake news". I couldn't find a reference for 2014, but it is easy to find the links showing the President's remarks in both 2015 and 2016.
wsucram15 Added Oct 11, 2017 - 10:48pm
Even a Broken Clock..are you sure about that? A Vast majority?  I would say more likely a minority and to the majority they view him as a reality show celebrity who filed a bunch of bankruptcies.
ALSO-The Apprentice (look it up) with the exception of the premier episode after Friends (one of the ALL TIME GREATEST SHOWS ON ANY LIST IN TV) in 2004, in the first half hour, scored a number 1 slot, and the second half hour scored number 2 slot.  The show lost 7 million viewers after Friends went off and then 4 million came back when ER came on. The first and 2nd "season" were supported by the infamous Thursday night lineup and did decent .  After that it was moved to Mondays I believe and the top spot it received was 34th, never recovering in its 14 year run.  Some people even say...that it is the show that killed NBC.
Not on this list though..did not even make 250th place.  http://www.imdb.com/chart/toptv/
In fact none of the tv lists I see have it on there as an all time greatest show...none. 
Most of what is written about Trump is far from the truth..but he is pretty good with the media, something he has managed to master being a marketing strategist of Trump International for so long.   He can sell that name, being President is just another selling point.
I  dont believe in Trump as a business person and dont feel he will ever do a good job as President. Its my opinion.  So Im going to stop here.