As promised in a February column, I bowed to tradition in acknowledging the new president’s 100 day honeymoon period. In doing so, I respected that initial stage of his administration that’s usually given to new presidents. In stifling criticism, I held my pen.
Throughout all President Trump’s misguided tweets, I held my pen. Even after all his unsupported charges of illegal activities against his predecessor, basically accusing him of doing nothing for eight years, I held my pen.
Right through all his other adverse behavior, including his much publicized White House “blow-up” when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in the Russia/Trump campaign investigation, I held my pen.
During this time, I was flabbergasted as to how a person who had been so successful in business could undo so much goodwill others established in so short a time. Then, after an address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, Trump may have turned the corner. Or so I thought. Until I realized it took him less than a week to do a 180.
This time, his tweets accused former President Barack Obama of illegally authorizing the tapping of phones at his New York City Trump Tower campaign headquarters. Still I held my pen.
Then the Honeymoon ended.
But right before it ended, President Trump spoke at a Holocaust Memorial event and, surprisingly, sounded quite presidential. If only he could sound just as presidential every time he spoke and not as if he was still on the campaign trail, I thought. But this time, he read from a prepared script. Those other times he spoke off the cuff or ventured off a prepared text and adlibbed. And it’s that blasted adlibbing that gets him into trouble.
There were times when it was tempting, and my penchant to write about this man who claimed during the campaign that he would make one of the best presidents ever, almost overwhelmed me, but still I held my pen.
Now that the honeymoon is over, it’s time for Donald Trump to stop acting like a national embarrassment and start acting like the President of the United States. Now is the time for him to put his nose to the grindstone and get to work. To take care of this country like he said he would. Now is the time for Trump to finally become the president and forget about all this tweeting - or else he can start preparing for a one term administration.
The biggest failure of Donald Trump’s presidency so far did significant damage. Simply put, he failed getting a bill passed in the Republican controlled House to either replace or repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Even with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promoting the bill, he couldn’t get it to a vote. Consequently, Trump and Ryan pulled the bill rather than face an embarrassing loss.
But embarrass himself, he did. And, as is typical with Trump, he passed off the non-voting loss by blaming it on Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. But he knew from the get-go he’d have no Democratic support, so why was this such a big surprise to him?
What should have shocked him, as it did the rest of the nation, was how he was unable to corral Republicans for a solid vote. Simply put, there were far too many of the GOP who voted against the bill and not as many who gave it their party’s support.
If this style of governing continues, and I see no indication of it changing, Trump is going to need more than a 100 honeymoon days to get his house in order. He’s going to need all 1,461 days of his four-year term.
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