The contrast between the outgoing president and the incoming one could not be more stark. One thoroughly thinks through a situation while the other takes gut action with little or no knowledge of the situation. One is perhaps too cautious and the other is absolutely too dangerous.
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me,” he said. He didn’t need to seek counsel on foreign affairs because “I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.” And in an interview on Sunday, he said he isn’t bothering to receive daily intelligence briefings like previous presidents did, because “I’m, like, a smart person.”
So Trump knows all. Yet at the same time, he tries to convince the public that there’s almost no such thing as truth. He lies constantly, of course, dismissing any evidence contrary to the position he’s taking at a particular moment as nothing but the product of dishonest media or his partisan opponents. He’ll even say something, then tell you he never said it….
This is shaping up to be a president and an administration that not only thinks they know what they don’t actually know, but won’t accept what they ought to know. And the contrast with the president Trump is replacing could hardly be more stark. One of Barack Obama’s most important intellectual traits is his high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. Unlike some of his predecessors, Obama is eager to admit that there are some things we struggle to predict, that we might be wrong, and that our decisions could produce unintended consequences…
One could argue that at times Obama was too cautious, too concerned with what he didn’t know or could not be known. But now we’ll find out what it’s like to have a president who thinks he knows everything, even as he knows almost nothing.
I think it is safe to say that we have never had a president even remotely like the one who will soon be taking over the Oval Office. I try not to be fearful about much as fear is usually more damaging to your personal sense than anything it could provide. But this Trump presidency does scare me. He is just so reckless with his words (tweets) that I am sure it was cause frequent problems for our country and its established freedoms and liberties.
But I also try to be the optimist in that I believe our system of checks and balances will ameliorate much of his recklessness. But maybe that is putting too much hope into our broken legislative arena? Since Republicans will also control the congress and probably the Supreme court will there be enough people there who put loyalty to country above party to reign in this incoming president? I have my doubts but then again I try to be an optimist.