WSJ: Trump didn’t realize presidency was big job

The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump was surprised on hearing what a big job it is to be president.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Last week, President Obama walked Trump “through the duties of running the country,” and Trump “seemed surprised by the scope,” according to people familiar with the meeting.

From the WSJ:

During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.

Jason Miller, communications director for the Trump transition, declined to comment.

Photo credit: Michael Vadon

Photo credit: Michael Vadon

The fact that Trump’s communication director declined to comment only makes the story sound all the more real. Why wouldn’t Miller deny the story if it were false?

Oh, but it gets better. On realizing that Trump was woefully unprepared for the presidency, President Obama reportedly decided he needed to give Trump more My First Presidency classes than incoming presidents normally need.

More from WSJ:

After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.

And lest you think this is a one-off occurrence, the New York Times story this weekend was equally scary. Trump isn’t sure how much time he actually wants to spend in the White House, according to the Times. You see, the paper explains, the poor guy is apparently feeling overwhelmed:

Mr. Trump’s advisers hold out the possibility that the president-elect may spend more time in the White House as he grows less overwhelmed and more comfortable in the job.

Putting aside for a moment how inappropriate it would be for Trump to not officially move into the White House, but the notion that he’s feeling “overwhelmed” by the presidency, and is anything less than “comfortable in the job,” is terrifying.

How comfortable is he going to be feel if Vladmir Putin tries to move nuclear missiles back into Cuba?

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  • Badgerite

    Well, they can try it. But this is still a large and diverse country.
    California and New York are its economic engines. And the country as a whole does not share their authoritarian dreams. Hilary Clinton will probably win the popular vote by about 2 million. And that means something. This wasn’t even a squeaker in terms of the popular vote. Liberals, Democrats, progressives, call us what you will, need to keep the pressure up. Already they are backing off of the immediate repeal of Obamacare because they don’t want to look like the uncaring crackers they actually are. Something like 22 million people would lose their health insurance. The really big plum for them was to destroy Medicare. It is a popular program even among their own supporters, the elderly, and they don’t want them to notice that destroying Medicare was on their High Priority To Do List for decades.

  • Rick B

    Trump is a 70 year-old narcissist, and narcissists famously cannot self-analyze. They do not cure themselves and they do not ask for help because they blame others for what happens to them. They iblame others for causing their problems. Trump is pure emotion and is unable to function rationally.

  • Rick B

    Oh? Cooler heads like Mitch McConnell? Paul Ryan? They’ll both go for unrestricted power for themselves, and the crazies who run the GOP will happily go right along with them until it is too late to back down. Those Congressional crazies are living in the middle of the lies they created themselves, and they are not going to quickly abandon those lies. They will become a mob in full cry, and mobs have to wake up the next day to stop.

    You are correct that the U.S. cannot just drift, but instead of drifting the Trumpistas are going to go after the “enemies” who are causing the damage (by describing what the Trumpistas themselves are doing.) Once they go full authoritarian, and they will, they cannot back down. And Trump himself does whatever the most recent person he spoke to suggests.

  • Badgerite

    Well, I don’t think Mitt Romney is extreme. I think the Trump Monster is adrift. The Bannon element has no idea how to govern anything. They will have to go to cooler heads in the GOP for help. The US is one of the most powerful countries on earth. It cannot ‘drift’.
    Congress controls the budget. Not the executive. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on My Country Tis of Thee just yet.

  • Rick B

    My bet is that within six months any elements of the Constitution that direct the government will be in shreds. Trump is already panicking, and his reaction is going to be to blame his enemies, and his minions will be delighted to add to his enemies list. The Trump regime is going to make Hitler’s takeover of Germany in 1933 look like a walk in the park.

    The Trump team is already gathering the most extreme individuals in America and giving them power. As I wrote, Trump is already panicking, and the crazies he has chosen are going to take advantage of that. The talk about basing the treatment of Muslims on the WW II Japanese Internment camps is only the beginning. They are already planning much worse. Wait and see.

    No one except Harry Reid in politics seem to recognize how severe the disaster is going to be, and he is just nibbling around the edges. It’s now too late to talk about the electoral vote.

  • South Texas

    I’m not sure what to expect. For now, at least I won’t be called ‘da rasis’ for wanting to enforce immigration law. Christians will be left alone. Less likely to steal guns away from most of us.

    I’m happy the Kenyan Muslim Gay Mulatto is leaving along with his tranny wife.

    Here is a well documented list of the Kenyan’s corruption, though in some ways it was just a continuation of the Bush crime syndicate:

    https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

  • Cpt_Justice

    Neither am I. But I won’t be able to live with myself if I don’t do everything I can. I wrote to the EC, reminding them of their powers/duty.

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  • NewColumbian

    Well, you’d better start believing.

  • NewColumbian

    Well, you lost. Waaaaaaaah!

  • NewColumbian

    Sexual predator, you say? But wait, Bill Clinton is out of office and can’t run again.

  • Badgerite

    I’m not optimistic.

  • KesselRunner606

    So, after all Trump’s verbal diarrhea of Obama being a terrible President, and not Even being eligible to be President or even born in the US, he has to cling to his coat-tails and beg for his help. And Obama, despite all the hate and bile spewed by Trump, has the grace and cool and the sense of duty to ensure a smooth transition, and that even someone as repugnant and unqualified to hold office as Trump doesn’t totally F# things up, and disrupt the process of government.

    Once again: who best displays the qualities of leadership?

  • Cpt_Justice

    The real key is to get to the Electors & remind them ALL that Hamilton specifically said that one of the jobs of the Electoral College is to keep “unfit men” from obtaining the Presidency!

  • Cpt_Justice

    And the only thing stupider than he is, are all his cultists.

  • bluevistas

    Many of us have been saying for months how ill-prepared P-elect Sexual Predator is.

    Told ya so…

  • Bill_Perdue

    After nearly a week of growing demonstrations against Trump it’s clear that he won’t be able to govern and will create one emergency after another.

    Obama’s regime was the most right wing administration in decades. He setback the fight for socialized medicine for a decade. He gutted Medicare and tried to gut Social Security. He opened or reactivated wars of aggression against Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and supported dictators like Al Sisi in Egypt, the Saudi kings and assorted Emirates. He used intimidation, massive spying, torture and murder to cull his extensive enemies list. He’s a racist who deported over two and half million working class immigrants fleeing the effects of Bill Clintons NAFTA.

    Trump will trump all that. Like H Clinton Trump is a rabid and experience union buster, a vile racist and a warmonger. He’s going to try to pack the Supreme Court with anti-abortion thugs and his regime will be laced with poison – union haters, racists, homophobes, misogynist swine and war mongers. He cut taxes for the rich and increase income inequality even more than the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama did. Like Obama, he’ll see to it that ENDA is not passed.

    Trump will make the climate crisis, which has already passed all the tipping points on the road to disaster much, much worse. He can and will do a lot of damage but he won’t get his wall. At best he will radically increase the income of coyotes. He can’t, even if the tries as hard as Obama, deport 12 million working class immigrants. And he can’t create millions of high paying jobs. And critically, he can’t do squat to stop the accelerating rise of the labor left, the Fight for 15 and the organization of the unorganized into unions, especially in his casinos and hotels.

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  • Badgerite

    Well, as you said, it’s nice to be positive. But…….the people around him are a nightmare and he is so woefully unprepared, unqualified and unfit for the position. But there it is. We can hope he can buck up and be better than one hopes. Most people are, however, cautioning extreme vigilance, and I would go along with that also.

  • URstandingwhere

    Hillary’s available if Drumpf needs a tutor.

  • brel1

    One can dream. Trump will be exactly what he was been. You can expect the worst and recovery is going to be next to impossible. The protest will amount to the same thing the war protest amounted to — nothing. It’s nice to be positive, but get real.

  • confusion

    Grade school 101 or university 101.?

  • Badgerite

    The GOP has always loved an empty suit. But someone who doesn’t seem to know how dangerous nuclear arsenals are? That’s new.

  • Badgerite

    Let’s hope not. If there is any guidance or support that the President can give him, I’m sure he will. And we will ……ugh…….pray for him…….primal scream. to be a better man and a better president than it appears he will be right now.
    If he goes the way of David Duke or the KKK or anything like what has been observed recently in terms of trying to threaten or intimidate our fellow citizens or the press, well,….I don’t know if they noticed, but there were quite a lot of people in the streets this last weekend and they were not there for a lark. He is still in the process of losing the popular vote by a rather substantial margin.
    I wouldn’t call that a mandate for anything. I heard recently that he reversed himself on marriage equality again. Which is a good thing, as far as I am concerned.

  • Badgerite

    You do know that as of now she is up in the electoral vote by about 1.7 percentage points. And they are still counting on the west coast.

  • Badgerite

    Oh Christ. Thank God for Obama. That man is a rock. He always puts the country first.
    I have always thought that what was obvious in President Elect Fascist eyes was abject fear.
    And now we know why. He is “overwhelmed”. Oh great. And all the GOP is thinking about is how to destroy Medicare. And the social safety net and societal civility as well.
    Just shoot me.

  • FuzzyRabbit

    Trump reminds me of the guy who wanted to become a minister because they only work one hour on Sunday and get the rest of the week off.

  • Ralph Musgrave

    Appointing staff proved too much of a job for Obama as well:

    http://mikenormaneconomics.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/pam-and-russ-martens-wikileaks.html

  • Bill_Perdue

    Hillary Clinton …

  • UncleBucky

    ELECTORAL COLLEGE…

  • scottrose

    Yes, precisely.

    In all of the hand-wringing over what Democrats supposedly didn’t promise enough of, to Scott Walker voters — it gets lost that Toxic Donald won because he gave bigots free license to vent and to act out on their bigotry.

    His campaign launch included a statement that — without respect to whether any given Mexican immigrant was documented or not — “Mexico isn’t sending us their best people” — they’re sending us rapists — the sexually abusive Toxic Donald alleged.

    That is what got the deplorables excited about Toxic Donald — that he was giving them license to vent their hateful bigotry.

  • brel1

    It’s as if the majority of the media could care less about the demise of the country. The damage of this monster will be unrecoverable.

  • Quilla

    Nobody in this basket was prepared to win this piss fight. So go home, already!

  • What a shitshow. I can’t believe anyone voted for this douchebag. And I mean in the primaries not just in the general.

  • woodroad34

    As I always said: “Woefully inadequate”, “lacks imagination”, and “childish”

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