Old dog, same old tricks

Trump about to enter the inaugural platform
Donald Trump waiting to enter the inauguration platform in front of the Capitol

| Well, that's that. Donald Trump has taken the oath of office and made his inaugural address.

I tuned in at the very last minute, just before the ceremonies were to begin. The shots of Donald Trump walking through through the Capitol did not show a happy man.

For those who may have missed it, purposely or not, the speech was a reprise of Trump's greatest campaign hits. Namely, Americans live in a hellhole of a country and he's going to make it all wonderful again. While the speech started on a reasonable note of inclusion, it quickly turned dark and desolate.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Carnage. Really? Yes, there are problems, but Trump's view from the upper floors of Trump Tower and on Fox TV have given him a nihilistic worldview that is simply astonishing. Other presidents have tried to be uplifting and hopeful. Trump wants us to appreciate just what a cesspool we live in.

For those who have been waiting for Trump to "pivot" and start to act more "presidential," I say Get real! He's an old dog and he isn't about to learn any new tricks. What we've seen for the past 18 months or so is what you get: a deeply insecure, narcissistic, uninformed individual with authoritarian tendencies who cannot brook disagreement of any sort.

Obama boards the helicopter en route to Andrews Air Force Base
Barack Obama waves goodbye on the steps of the Marine helicopter enroute to Andrews Air Force Base for his flight to Palm Springs.
Obama's plane trying to land at Palm Springs
Obama's plane circling Palm Springs International Airport, unable to land

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is now an ordinary citizen, treated to one last ride on Marine One and Air Force One (although they no longer used those call signs for the trip) on his way to Palm Springs for some days of rest. Doesn't seem likely, but I hope I see him around town. I'd love to thank him personally.

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2017

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