The Watering Hole, Monday, April 24th, 2017: The Boob Tube Prez

In the same troubling vein as the recent Time Magazine interview with President trump, here’s a few disturbing articles about trump’s overriding fascination with all things TV.
A recent Raw Story article demonstrates the incompetence of both trump and his aides, and shows that trump’s is a presidency without anything resembling an “administration”:

“Some of President Donald Trump’s top aides worry that too much of his time is unsupervised, which — in the past — has led to serious unforced errors that undermine him and his administration.”

Yeah, not to mention the entire country, and world stability.

“And while some advisers support the president’s unconventional approach to the job, others worry that these holes in the president’s schedule are where he goes awry and “watches too much TV”, gets overexcited and posts inflammatory — frequently inaccurate — rants online or speaks by phone with people who encourage his worst instincts.”

What trump’s advisors SHOULD primarily be worrying about is the fact that there are so many “holes in the president’s schedule.” His aides should be scheduling tutors in remedial civics, the Constitution, presidential protocol, history, geography, oh, hell, EVERYTHING he doesn’t seem to have a clue about when it comes to the U.S. government. Maybe if they tried teaching him via videos on a big-screen TV – and kept referring to it as “Reality TV” – they might get him to learn something.

From a second Raw Story article:

“The Washington Post said Sunday that in addition to fretting over what the president will do if left alone too long, Trump’s aides and advisers struggle to keep the president from consuming too much TV or watching things that will upset him and cause him to erupt on Twitter.”

Yes, the President of the United States, the most powerful person in the world, needs a babysitter. I think it would be more helpful if they hired a boot camp drill instructor.

A few excerpts from the Washington Post article by Ashley Parker and Robert Costa:

““President Trump is someone who comes to the White House with a sophisticated understanding of how to communicate, the power of television, the power of imagery, the power of message, and how message, messenger and delivery all work together,” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president.”

Although Kellyanne managed to actually string words together that made a somewhat coherent sentence, her seeming point that trump’s TV savvy makes him better qualified as a president is ridiculous. The crudeness and ignorance of the actual content of trump’s communications, messages and delivery overshadow any “sophisticated understanding” of the medium used.

“He is also a natural showman. During the campaign, he riveted viewers with his raucous rallies, where he often spoke for more than hour without any notes or teleprompters. And in TV interviews, he sometimes offers tips on matters including lighting and chair placement, with an intuitive sense of what makes for good TV.”

Being a “natural showman” is all well and good for magicians, game-show hosts, carnival barkers, and snake-oil salesman, but again, it is not the top qualification for running a working government. And trump’s speeches where he rambled for “more than [an] hour without notes or teleprompters” are infamous for their non-sequiturs, weird tangents, and outright made-up bullshit.

“During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Trump’s tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.

The president’s response was swift and unequivocal. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. “That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”

Trump even likened Spicer’s daily news briefings to a daytime soap opera, noting proudly that his press secretary attracted nearly as many viewers.

For Trump — a reality TV star who parlayed his blustery-yet-knowing on-air persona into a winning political brand — television is often the guiding force of his day, both weapon and scalpel, megaphone and news feed.”

This is a president for whom “ratings” and appearance are more important than honesty and integrity. A president who is superficial, crass, and so limited in his ability to learn or mature that, at 70, he still bases decisions as president on what he sees on cable TV, particularly Fox, his favorite propaganda network. A frightening concept, right?

What I find almost as frightening is that the Washington Post article isn’t screaming “THIS PRESIDENT IS TOTALLY FUBAR”, or even “THIS PRESIDENT IS INCOMPETENT”, let alone “THIS IS NOT NORMAL!”

This is our Open Thread – say anything you want.

63 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, April 24th, 2017: The Boob Tube Prez

    • A society that can no longer give you justice or a living wage will give you fairy tales instead, all full of giant walls, clean coal and benevolent billionaires.

    • In all fairness fatherbob, they were just quoting (albeit giving air time to…) KonnieAnneKelway. It’s obvious that the fake president can be a persuasive salesman, especially to the segment of society that wants to hear his racist, neo-Nazi drivel. They thrive on alternative facts, especially if those lies bolster their own prejudices and hatred.

  1. When I was a kid I watched men walk on the moon.
    When Reagan was elected I was stunned because I couldn’t believe an actor that starred with a chimp could make to the white house.
    When George Bush was elected I was equally stunned that a chimp could make it into the white house.
    I thought by 2017 we’d all be living like the Jetson’s and flying to work.
    I never imagined that in 2017 we’d be marching in the streets to defend science from idiots and an orange stained angry gibbon.

  2. In his desperate attempt to be relevant, the fake president once again flings poo at the congress, hoping that someone will pay some attention to his pathetic antics…
    Trump steps up calls for Mexican wall as shutdown looms
    He lacks the capacity to understand political strategy, tactics or anything resembling governance.
    Nobody outside his base, including nearly all the legislators that represent southern borders have any interest in having US taxpayers shell out shekels for his effing wall.

  3. Q: What is the likely consequence when a nation finds itself governed by total incompetence? By tactics guaranteed to lead to complete failure on all issues global, international, national, and local?

    How do people with functioning brains (the minority) combat the consequences of being governed by non-functioning brains?

    Is there any historical record of what happens when a nation’s ‘leadership’ is handed to a brainless orange shitgibbon?

      • “How do people with functioning brains (the minority) combat the consequences of being governed by non-functioning brains?”
        Answer: we hide in the university library and study and learn new things. People like Trump are afraid of books and knowledge. It’s a huge inconvenience for them.

  4. Donald Trump is insistent that he gets funding for his wall from congress or he’s going to make our government look like an Atlantic City Casino.

  5. BTW, one piece of good news – our missing kitten, Blaze, showed up late Friday night. Dog knows where she had been for four days, but apparently she hadn’t eaten, because she settled in at the food plates for a good 15 minutes before coming to greet us and get petted. We were – and still are – thrilled to have her back safely.

      • So far – fingers crossed, knock wood, etc. – she has only shown occasional interest when I open the back door. When I open the front window, which is the usual entry/exit for the ones who are allowed to go out, she’s a little more interested, but not enough to make a dash for it. We’ve always tried to make sure that Blaze, Luna and Squiggy are nowhere near when we open the window. Now we have to watch for Cecilia outside the front window, otherwise she gets impatient/panicky and opens the window herself. We do a ‘head count’ in the morning before we leave, and at night before we go to bed.

        She’s been extra-affectionate, and when she’s coming to find me for some lap-sitting, she meows extra loudly. 🙂

        Thanks, RUC. And pete – no, we definitely don’t need to lose any more cats. I hope that you find another loving companion soon. You know as well as Wayne and I do, you never forget any of the ones that you’ve lost. I swear, even after so many years, I still know the feel of Lissa’s long coat, and Dulcinea’s sleek fur and black velvet paws. They were all special in one way or another, and they all live on in our hearts.

    • They’ve already concluded that the wall will impact wild life and migratory habits of deer, javelina and other mammals like mountain lions that stalk those prey animals.
      The wall is also physically not feasible in many parts of the state due to its geography.
      The New York nincompoop should keep his nose on his side of the continental divide and out of national parks.

  6. And, in a ‘rare’ reversal of form, Trump said on Monday evening he may wait until Republicans begin drafting the budget blueprint for the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1 to seek funds for the wall.

    Doesn’t that make him a ‘loser’?

    ht / Raw Story

    • Trump Enterprises is a criminal organization. I don’t think it’s mere hyperbole to say that they will provide the greatest test ever for our government, our system, and our constitution.

  7. In this particular case, I might allow Trump to repeal the estate tax, as long as he takes advantage of it right away.

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