CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 25, 2017 – Donald Trump is moving so fast in his new role as president that it’s difficult for anyone to keep up with him. Especially the media.
About the time the press raises its collective voice in protest over one thing, President Trump and his legions are busy doing something else while basically ignoring the fourth estate.
True, Mr. Trump has bogged down on a few occasions getting into tit-for-tat verbal battles about the size of inaugural crowds and other trivial matters that do not matter, but he has also been busy with his magic pen.
In fact, Trump has been so active in just a few full days in office, that Greg Gutfeld of “The Five” on FOX News commented that it is “amazing what you can accomplish when you’re not playing golf.”
The remark being an obvious crack at Barack Obama’s more than 300 rounds during his eight years in office.
Things are happening so fast in the Trump Administration that it does create a bit of concern over how much of what President Trump has done is effective.
For years we have watched the American government grind so slowly that people have wondered about the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and the ability to accomplish anything without taking months, if not years.
Case in point the Keystone Pipeline for which Barack Obama hemmed and hawed about for eight years and did virtually nothing.
On Tuesday, with one swipe of a pen, Donald Trump opened up the pipeline and, though controversial, as many of his efforts will most certainly be, eight years of stoppage ended in a mere two days.
So the question then becomes, is Trump moving too fast for his own good? If not, then the next question is what else can we expect before the month is out, much less the first 100 days?
As one observer said, the things Trump is eliminating are things that were only temporary anyway because Obama bypassed the proper legislation to achieve them properly.
Fine. That makes sense, but when Trump’s pen finally runs out of ink, will he find himself up against a legislative wall that returns us to the old days of slogging through the mud or will he be able to continue his breakneck pace?
If the answer is the latter, then Trump’s efforts, which have already changed the American political landscape forever, may show a new way to govern that will allow future presidents to move with greater speed than the traditional traffic jams in government we have come to know and hate.
Another example of the new rules in town came when Obama designated the release of $221 million to the Palestinian Authority on Friday just prior to Trump’s inauguration.
While the amount is certainly enough to cover the bills of most Americans, in international monetary terms it was not a huge gift, but the symbolism of Obama’s disdain for Israel and his support of Islam was significant. Former Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced the release to congress on Friday morning.
Before Trump had been president for three full days, the new administration announced a freeze on the move, as yet another symbolic move representing the way the new regime plans to deal with the old regimes of the past.
Some analysts have claimed that Trump is too “inexperienced and stupid” to understand the nuances of how government works.
If Trump is, indeed, “stupid” then he will fit the same Democratic description of the last three Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Unlike the scholarly Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who were not only erudite but also brilliant, no Republican has been considered “smart” since Dan Quayle failed to correctly spell “potato.”
Using that logic, you practically have to be “Forrest Gump dumb” to become a billionaire like Mr. Trump and unlike the five other presidents mentioned above.
As for experience, Barack Obama had no experience eight years ago either. At the very least, Donald Trump has negotiating skills which are integral to the diplomacy necessary to deal with a global marketplace.
Apparently, the media still doesn’t realize what has hit them. There is no question that Donald Trump’s energy is seemingly boundless. The real question is whether or not he will eventually hit the wall, and it’s not the one he is building.
In the Obama administration “fast and furious” meant something quite different than it does under Donald Trump. Trump is “fast” and the Democrats are “furious.”
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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