America Needed Donald Trump as President
OK I have to qualify the title of this piece. America’s economy did not need DJT, nor did its foreign relations. But America that’s made up of individual people needed this buffoon in office.
It hasn’t happened yet, but history will look upon Trump as the absolute worst president in history, bar none. I’m hoping that recognition comes with an added life-lesson bonus.
I grew up in an affluent suburb, with a kid who was an heir to a Fortune 500 company, started by a grand parent. His dad used his wife's fortune to become a rummy sailor and my classmate had been reared on the boastings of a drunken loser.
Some time around the 8th grade we began hanging around the same circle of friends. Like his father, he was prone to constant bragging, but it was always something that happened out on Nantucket; rarely anything that could be verified. It was the old Canadian girlfriend times ten.
His lies were almost believable. Clearly his family money had given him experiences. But anytime he made a promise for the future it was followed by a litany of excuses.
My “friends,” if you could really call them friends, were a particularly vicious and unforgiving lot. Normally they would have shredded someone who takes such liberties with the truth. But every once in a blue moon a bottle of Mount Gay would be successfully pilfered, just often enough to string the lot of us along for a while.
And so it went with this classmate who avoided repurcussions for his mendacity. I have thought back on him countless times since Trump’s election as the parallels are many.
In his insulated private school world, I’m sure Trump was also able to avoid the usual social razzing that accompanies the braggard bullshitter. Like my classmate, no one ever called him out. To this day, few do, and none do it to his face. They can’t since he stopped attending the annual press roast.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert writing staff put together a children’s book of quotes from President Trump while visiting hurricane ravaged zones. Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane.
This I believe is where the adults turn this into a teaching moment. If this book seems a bit vicious and unforgiving then good. If stripping the veneer away from the stark reality that the President is a malignant narcissist seems inappropriate to teach a child, think back to my classmate. It’s time to teach a new generation how to spot a bullshitter and the importance of calling one out.
What ever happened to my classmate, I wonder. His dad burned through the money, and their house was torn down and the lot subdivided. I believe he is estranged from his family. This I imagine for the future of one Donald J. Trump: The scene from The Jerk when Steve Martin storms off in disgust, and all he's going to take is this ashtray. And the remote control. And this chair...