In her New York Times column this morning, Michelle Goldberg begs you, and especially the commentariat, not to declare President Trump “presidential” if he expresses some desire to bring the country together.
Here are a few snippets from her column titled “Please Don’t Call Him Presidential.”
I’m begging my fellow pundits not to get too excited should Trump manage to read from a teleprompter without foaming at the mouth or saying anything overtly racist….
… At best, Trump will succeed in impersonating a minimally competent leader for roughly the length of an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’ And if he does, recent history suggests that he will be praised as the second coming of Lincoln.
Goldberg predicts that Trump will try to ratchet down the anger and self-obsession. He should, of course, and maybe he will. Like Goldberg, I don’t expect Trump to say anything that would deeply alter the impression I have formed of him based on the past two years. But Goldberg set the bar pretty high for what he would have to say to win her over, in her opening paragraph, which read:
After a tumultuous and divisive year in office, Donald Trump has the opportunity for a fresh start with his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. The president can surprise those who think the worst of him, and prove that he’s been underestimated. All he has to do is apologize to his fellow Americans for the shame he’s brought upon this country, and resign effective immediately.
I’m not one for making predictions, but I’ll be surprised if he does that.