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#304952 - 01/08/18 11:12 PM Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away.
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By DOUG THOMPSON - Opinion

Donald Trump is many things: Vain, ego-consumed, temperamental and a man with many other questionable attributes.

Turns out he is lazy -- perhaps the laziest president of the United States in modern times.

Trump spends most of his weekends playing golf at one of his resorts or dining with those who worship his every word.

At the White House, he seldom starts his days in the Oval Office before 11 a.m. or later after lounging the morning away in his White House residence, watching TV, tweeting his latest tirade or calling those still waiting to hear from him or remain in his shrinking circle of "confidants."

He takes breaks during his shortened days and retires to his bedroom or another room at the White House residence.

Trump calls this his "executive time," a label that will undoubtedly become the joke to dominate talk shows.

When he sees something he doesn't like (which happens often) his thumbs get busy knocking out his latest Twitter rant or calling someone to vent his spleen to bitch and moan about how badly people are treating him.

Trump, reportedly, doesn't like being president lately.  It's not even close to what he expected.

Writes Evod Von Drehle of The Washington Post:

Evidence is piling up that Donald Trump does not really want to be president of the United States.


He certainly doesn’t look happy in the job. In his previous life, Trump met whomever he wanted to meet and said whatever he wanted to say. But like all presidents, he finds himself ever more isolated, and his displeasure shows on his face. The loneliness of the job — which so many of his predecessors have ruefully reported — is wearing on him.




In photos, Trump appears agitated or unhappy or both.

Adds Von Drehle:

He was drawn to the fame of it, as he once told me aboard his private jet. “It’s the ratings . . . that gives you power,” then-candidate Trump explained. “It’s not the polls. It’s the ratings.” He loves being the most talked-about man on Earth.


It is a paradoxically self-effacing fame. The job demands that hugely competitive, driven, ambitious individuals — for that’s what it takes to win the job — inhabit a role that requires them to be something other than nakedly themselves.


As some Trump associates tell it, he never intended to be elected. But having won the part, he doesn’t want to play it, a fact irrefutable after Charlottesville. Rather than speak for the nation — the president’s job — he spoke for Trump. Rather than apply shared values, he apportioned blame.



Trump thought he could conquer the presidency in his "bull in a china closet" style of beating everyone down around him so he could get his way.  As a novice in the top political job in the world, he deals with people in the job much longer who have more knowledge and skills needed to run a country.

Trump never had the patience needed for the job or the willingness to learn the nuances of the presidency.  His waning popularity drains his energy, the revelations of his many failures dog every move and his inability to do his job shows in his drawn features.

"Trump is losing friends faster than a bully at a birthday party," notes Von Dehle.

Trump's contract with America is four years, with an option to extend it for another four if his employers -- the voters (with a lot of help from the Electoral College) -- decide to give him a second chance.

At this point in time, voters in America see little reason to give Trump a contract extension.  His favorable rating is under 35 percent, a record low for a president at the end of his first year in office.  His campaign rallies no longer attract sizable crowds and voters who saw him as someone who would give them a voice now disrespect his embrace of the GOP establish.

A growing number wonder why he is hanging on as his power, approval and ratings fade. At this point, his only saving grace might be to resign and walk away.

Doing so would be the only time in his failed presidency when he put the nation before himself.

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#304954 - 01/09/18 12:03 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
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#304956 - 01/09/18 01:57 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
Jeffery J. Haas Online   sick

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Can you imagine what his mental outlook will be if the Democrats sweep both houses of Congress?
If it's this bad right now, imagine how he's going to feel if he is hemmed in by liberal majorities in the House and Senate.
Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, and its aspiring emperor, will not stand for it.

MY OWN personal wager is, if that Democrat sweep happens, and it looks increasingly like it just might, that plus the looming spectre of a fully fleshed out Mueller investigation will make an escape look very tempting for the former reality show star, because those are two realities he is not equipped to deal with.
Where would he go?
Well, we already have a couple of hints.

Steven Seagal, a former B-movie martial arts icon and wannabe lawman, was squirming under the weight of several accusations of sexual assault and a couple of reports of miscarriage of justice under color of authority. He fled to a place where he and his black pajama clad visage is worshipped: RUSSIA.

Vladimir Putin instantly awarded Seagal with Russian citizenship, and Seagal hasn't returned stateside since. Just the threat of the #metoo movement alone is probably more than enough to keep him in a culture where beating your wife or girlfriend is a sign of deep and abiding love.

Mr. Trump is also heavily indebted to Russian banks and banks which are heavily leveraged to Russian finance. No US bank will loan him money, so the bright lights of Moscow must look very tempting to our 45th Chief Executive right now.
He could climb aboard his own Trump 747 and disappear into the clouds, and emerge a week or two later with a brand new image, Russian hero, Special Consul to Vladimir Putin, and the new image of entrepreneurship in Russia.
Why, even Trump Steaks might suddenly make a blazing comeback.
And think of the course offerings he could make available in a rebooted Trump University, St. Petersburg campus.
55 Savushkina Street would be renamed in his honor.

And the world would have two brand new James Bond villains.

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#304960 - 01/09/18 04:00 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
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Originally Posted By: Doug Thompson
Donald Trump is many things: Vain, ego-consumed, temperamental and a man with many other questionable attributes.

Turns out he is lazy -- perhaps the laziest president of the United States in modern times.

Just because Donald Trump gets to the Oval Office at 11am? laugh

Donald J Trump is the epitome of the Seven Deadly sins. Hmm
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#304961 - 01/09/18 04:02 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
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Originally Posted By: Doug Thompson
Trump, reportedly, doesn't like being president lately.  It's not even close to what he expected.

DJT hasn't done a Saturday Address since mid-October. Hmm
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#304964 - 01/09/18 05:57 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: pdx rick]
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Numerous Parliament leaders have had experience dealing with incompetent monarchs. Maybe we should consult with our friends in the UK for techniques ...
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#304965 - 01/09/18 06:59 AM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
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Want to place bets on what Trump says to Mueller?

What are the odds of simple perjury? 10:1 he does. I don't think he can help it. There are just SO many details he tries to lie about, and Mueller is very likely to have proof and witnesses.

How about admitting he fired Comey to thwart the Russia investigation? He's done that on national TV. I say 50:50.

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#304967 - 01/09/18 03:46 PM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: pondering_it_all]
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For most people perjury is hard to prove. For Trump it occurs roughly every 15 minutes. If he's under oath for a two hour interview, that'd be 8 counts... But, you know, he'll just claim he doesn't remember. The Sessions defense.

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#304971 - 01/09/18 09:46 PM Re: Trump, you failed. Put America first. Walk away. [Re: Doug Thompson]
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I don't think so. I doubt he can remember to say "I don't remember." for two whole hours. And he feels fully justified in everything he's done, always. Remember? No regrets, with regard to asking God for forgiveness. So I would not be at all surprised if he volunteers all sorts of incriminating things under oath. He's certainly done it before on national TV.

How do prosecutors deal with witnesses who are so demented or stupid they insist on bragging about the things they have done, though quite illegal? In my experience, they just let them incriminate themselves and then charge them.

People have a very vague sense of the law. For example my neighbor had four dogs run away through an open gate. The owner tracked down somebody who found one of them within a couple of days and they told her she was too late because they had already sold the dog. Finding anything and keeping or selling it without trying to find the owner is a crime! But they seemed to think "Finders keepers" was the law. These are $4000 purebreds!

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