The thing you have to remember about the president

I find myself thinking about this a fair bit:

The thing you have to remember about the president is that he’s about six.

— A famous remark, made about Theodore Roosevelt by one of his best friends, the British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Cecil Spring-Rice.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 02/02/2017 - 12:07 pm.

    Too generous

    to think Trump is 6 years old is way to generous.

    At the prayer breakfast he asks for prayers for “Arnold” so the rating on the apprentice program improve. Nothing like putting the important things of the government first. Trump berates Australian Prime Minister and Senator McCain calls back to fix Trumps mess. Trump is the master of self inflicted wounds. It would be okay if it only impacted him and not a whole country.

  2. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 02/02/2017 - 12:14 pm.

    Speak softly and carry a big stick, is now:

    Never shut up and have little hands…

    I just don’t know the effect and consequences of him sticking his finger into every eye that he can find. When his belligerence fails can troops on the ground be far behind? The only hope is that Tillerson and Mattis can actually be effective adults in the room.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 02/02/2017 - 02:27 pm.

    It is clear from his comments of Black History Month and the Prayer Breakfast (both potentially events that could be non-partisan and an opportunity for unity), his main concern is himself and his interests and the necessity that all things should point to the superior abilities of Mr. Trump, and serve to blatantly reinforce the fact that he is in charge and that everyone knows that the others at the event are subordinate to him.

    As a result, he comes across as a deeply insecure narcissist who has a minimal grasp of societal norms and its common interests.

  4. Submitted by Roy Everson on 02/02/2017 - 02:30 pm.

    Bully pulpit or bully at the pulpit

    If a 6 year old is compared to TR — what a compliment for the little fella or gal. Compare a tot to Trump and you have insulted the kid, probably slander suit material.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/02/2017 - 03:40 pm.

      “He Has the Mind of a Six-Year Old Child . . .”

      “. . . and I’ll bet the kid was glad to get rid of it.”

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/02/2017 - 02:53 pm.

    Off Scale

    There’s a difference between an emotionally normal child and a mentally unstable adult, even though there may be superficial resemblances.
    Trump is far more dangerous than simple childishness.

  6. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 02/02/2017 - 04:10 pm.

    Do you think…

    As partisan as Ryan, McConnell and their immediate leadership partners maybe, have they had the confidential conversation that this whole Trump thing could truly spin out of control with disastrous results for the country and as majority leaders in the President’s party they are the best equipped ones to stop him, regardless of implications for the party. What does an intervention look like? Is it the majority leadership telling Trump: “you do this stupid thing and we join the Ds on impeachment”. We may be a far ways from that point; but, early indications is that he is going to get worse with maybe no hope for better. Or are they yearning for the first safe, legitimate chance at President Pence?

  7. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 02/02/2017 - 04:54 pm.

    Youthful enthusiasm and curiosity

    Ted had them, Trump does not. Ted was a life long learn and a passionate advocate for honor, courage and defense of the underdog. He has a lot of go with all the show, taking personal risk including an assassin’s bullet for his country. Trump has none of the redeeming virtues or promise of the small child who will grow into a mature adult. He is more like an old angry man shaking his fist at the world, ready to pull out a weapon to “stand his ground.” Being President is his way to go out with the last word, in a blaze of glory.

  8. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 02/03/2017 - 07:43 am.

    Or, maybe someone could

    write a dark side. underbelly version of Chance the Gardener in “Being There’ old film that was one creative act of genius proportions?…and yes, you may think otherwise…

    Title it “Being Here”and maybe make the lead buffoon a Donald clicking his remote but creating most dangerous policy…”the time to rant is in the Spring”

  9. Submitted by Greg Gaut on 02/03/2017 - 11:14 am.

    TR was a like…

    a six year old who is full of curiosity for everything in life, most especially the natural world. Trump is more a 12 year old bully boy who never had much curiosity, especially for the natural world, and what he had has died.

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