I could not have described it any better Mr. President. Glad you’re getting warmed up for the big fight to dethrone the boy who would be king. We need a lot of you now as your buddy Joe is sort of trapped in his basement at the moment, a bad look but he’s in a tough spot. He’s just not in the center of the action right now.
As always, Trump is in the center of the news because his main goal is to be there. He’s great at doing or saying something controversial which gets top news billing because he is the president. In contrast to him is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who has basically been the banner carrier of the Democratic party of late as he has shown the nation in his daily press conferences what a real leader looks like as opposed to president putz.
Cuomo has been the text book leader in turning the virus around in New York city and state. A real leader takes charge, tells the truth (sure often with some positive spin) and takes responsibility for his actions, as President Harry Truman summed up with a sign he kept on his desk: “The buck stops here.” With Trump the buck never stops with him. If it’s a problem it’s someone else’s fault.
Trump’s response to Obama’s criticism is predictable: he trashes him. Deflecting from his own incompetence, Trump hangs that label on Obama. And he ups the ante by asserting some crime Obama committed, while refusing to state what it is. “You know, ” he tells reporters. “You know.”
I’d love to see a chorus from reporters ring out: “No, we don’t.” (and we suspect neither do you.)
Trump’s phony act is so obvious, but he keeps the press at bay with his ability to churn up enough outrageous news bits as to keep reporters buzzing about and failing to land on something, some one thing to demand an explanation of.
How about this topic? Trump continually brags about what a great job he’s done vs. the virus. But, according to the News Tribune: “The United States and South Korea each reported their first confirmed case of the coronavirus to the World Health Organization on Jan. 20.”
Since then around 300 South Korean’s have died of the virus, compared to around 90,000 Americans. We have about eight times their population, so to make the comparison fair and square, let’s make the situation per capita and say if South Korea had our population, they would have lost about 2,400 people.
90,000 to 2,400……………….. Still, a huge disparity. REALLY HUGE! Please, reporters unite. Demand Trump explain that statistic in the face of his bragging about what a great job he’s done. Bring this up over and over a gain, like a dog with a bone. Keep biting and don’t let him deflect the questioning elsewhere.
Trump deflects by blaming Obama for leaving him “a bare cupboard” of pandemic supplies” and nothing else. At least the Obama team left him with a basic primer of suggestions of what needed to be attended to and an office within the National Security Council whose job was to track potential pandemics world wide.
Trump ignored the suggestions and closed the office. Also, he has had over three years to develop his own plan to battle pandemics. What’s Trump’s plan? Open up the economy willy nilly and see what happens while gambling on a vaccine developed soon enough to save us?
Again I would like reporters to demand an explanation for why 90,000 carona deaths here, while South Korea has had about 300 (or an adjusted 2400 if we add the population differential).
Please reporters, bring this up the next time Trump claims he has done a great job battling the virus.
P. S. – My link above to the News Tribune is worth following as that news source gives a brief description of what South Korea did and we did not.