Listening to Trump

I used to love listening to President Obama, whose addresses to the nation were reasoned, elegantly phrased, and formulated to make we citizens of a diverse republic actually think.

I don’t listen to Trump, except the short clips on CNN of some of his more outrageous moments, like the unhinged press conference in Trump Towers after Charlottesville. I actually can’t stand to see or hear him — I plan to read analysis of what he had to say on Afghanistan, but not his actual words.

I turned on the CNN town hall with Paul Ryan for a few minutes — he’s not worth listening to either — except that Jake Tapper’s expression was priceless and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss that.

How about you? Are you still in the cohort of “Trump’s our president and we want him to succeed” or were you a Trump supporter to begin with — or do you do what I do?

Love to hear.

8 thoughts on “Listening to Trump

  1. I would like for President Trump to succeed. And by “succeed,” I mean, taking and supporting reasonable policy positions and legislative actions that would benefit all Americans, both in the short and long-term.

  2. I listened to most of last night’s speech. A different Trump from his usual off-script hyperbole. It sounds like he actually listened to some smarter, cooler heads, who pushed him into taking responsibility for learning background and making decisions. The real test will be what he does in Phoenix tonight. If it’s back to the usual campaign blah-blah-blah then he can undo all his more rational behaviors of Monday night. I’m not betting on this one. And he’ll never be an eloquent speaker.

  3. for Phyllis: Well, we know he can read from a teleprompter. We also know he goes off when he’s been made to do something he doesn’t want to do. The generals arm-twisted him on this one — let’s see, as you say, how he acts over the next couple of days.

  4. for Ada: This piece expresses my sentiments exactly. I loathe the man, and can’t stand listening to him except when he’s making a complete fool of himself, as in the Trump lobby rant.

  5. for Josiah: WordPress allows me to see your pic as you comment — because you’ve posted it. I like that a lot. I get to have some idea who you are. Again, welcome to the site and I’m glad you commented.

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