CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 23, 2016 — During an interview on MSNBC, Washington Post reporter Chris Cilliza said, “the greatest thing that happened to the Republican Party is Barack Obama.”
That isn’t the opinion President Obama has been expressing in Europe, but it’s a lot closer to the truth.
While Obama has been taking his valedictory lap around the world, President-elect Donald Trump has been going about the business of putting together a solid administration.
Two weeks after the election, Obama still believes his high approval ratings make him the darling of the American people. If that were true, then the slow grinding process of American democracy would not have given the Republicans the House of Representatives in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and resoundingly rejected Hillary Clinton’s “Obama third term” in 2016.
Republicans now control the presidency and both houses of Congress. The Democrats are scratching their heads and plotting to derail the Trump presidency before it begins.
Most people consider Trump’s victory an astonishing political upset. That may be true, but if they had paid closer attention to the numbers, the outcome would not have been so stunning. For those who believed in Trump throughout the campaign, the triumph was sweeter for the shock of the smug liberals who were forced to cancel Clinton’s coronation.
Just as surprising to some has been the reaction by the liberal opposition, which only reinforces what Trump has been saying for months and what conservatives have believed for years.
Now the liberal reaction has moved from shocked and awed to frantic desperation. Their furious protests make Trump, sequestered in Trump Tower to focus on building his adminstration, look more presidential than ever.
The best thing that happened to the Boston Red Sox in 2004 was losing the first three games of the American League Championship to the New York Yankees. That made their four-game sweep the greatest comeback in playoff history, and it made their first World Series championship in 86 years against the St. Louis Cardinals all the sweeter.
That’s what Donald Trump accomplished in 2016 in the political arena.
Love him or hate him, give Trump credit. He took on 15 Republican challengers, a dishonest and biased media, an incumbent president and his surrogates from the world of entertainment, and a Democratic candidate who was said to be the “smartest, most experienced” presidential candidate in American history. And he did it pretty much all by himself.
Trump put his reputation and his business empire on the line. Anti-Trumpists can pooh-pooh the idea, but what would a billionaire businessman have to gain by doing what Trump did unless he had the best interests of the American people at heart?
How many naysayers would have had the guts to do what Trump did and gamble everything to accomplish the feat? Not many.
Writing in the New York Post, Michael Goodwin argued that Trump’s remarkable victory is the common man’s victory.
“The factory workers, the veterans, the cops, the kitchen help, people who plow the fields, make the trains run, pick up the trash and keep the country together and keep it moving—they are all now winners. As one, these cogs of our daily life rose up in a peaceful revolution, their only weapons the ballot box and their faith in the future.”
Certainly the traumatized, tantrum-throwing Democrats who have had to call in mental health counselors at some universities to calm their special snowflakes do not and cannot see it. When Trump finally takes office, some will eventually come around. Others will never adjust because they wear the letter “D” emblazoned on their souls.
Will Donald Trump be a perfect president? No. No way. But we have taken our presidents from just one mold for decades. Why not try something different?
Donald Trump and Barack Obama have some things in common, but with a difference. Obama had only marginally more government experience than Trump—four years as a U.S. senator, most of it absent from the job.
But Trump has been CEO of a large company, making executive decisions and creating jobs.Obama never met a payroll or contributed anything to making the country better for anyone except his own family. Donald
Trump, like Obama, takes office with his own party in command. Obama squandered his opportunity which, as the first black president, could have and should have been outstanding.
Trump’s opponents believe he will screw up his mandate as well. He might. But we could, at the very least, let him sit in the Oval Office for a while before we begin to judge.
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. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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