a reply to: enlightenedservant
It would be nice, I guess if the incoming President could answer all our questions up front. Maybe things would have turned out better idea if during
his election, a reporter had asked Jimmy Carter, "Governor, what will be your reaction if our Iranian Embassy is overthrown by Iranian students and
several of our citizens are taken hostage, with demands for us to return Mohammed Reza Shah, who we had aided to escape? And to follow-up, how will
you respond when a rescue attempt results in the accidental destruction of both aircraft involved?"
I wish someone had asked George W. Bush during his election, "Sir, what do you plan to do to secure the country from terrorism when a group of
terrorists fly two commercial airliners into the World Trade Towers on September 11th?"
In most people's daily lives, they pretty much know what's going to happen. Monday through Friday, they wake up at a certain time, get ready, drink a
cup of breakfast, go into work, do what they do every day, come home, eat supper, watch TV, and go to bed. Planned, scheduled, done. Weekends, they do
whatever they like to do, but usually the same thing over and over.
It's not like that in business. One might make a deal today, have to negotiate with others tomorrow, find a replacement for someone the next day, or
possibly have little required of them this week.
It's not like that in engineering. One might be working on a circuit board design this week, or writing up a grant application tomorrow, or analyzing
test results three days from now. A new project might be dropped into one's lap with no notice, changing everything that was planned.
It's not like that as President. There might be a nuclear test in North Korea tomorrow, or an attack on an ally next year, or a terrorist attack next
The CEO is hired because he has shown an ability to handle the unexpected and still accomplish goals. The engineer is hired because he can make
adjustments to get the job done without even knowing exactly what the job is beforehand. The President is hired because he can think on his feet and
make good decisions quickly as the need arises. All three sit around at times apparently doing nothing, because just looking busy is not part of their
job. They also tend to work 24/7 if needed, sometimes at an office, sometimes on the road, sometimes at home. Their work is primarily mental, not
physical, and never really stops.
Trump is already working. He started prior to the election, learning about the problems that he felt were important. After he was elected, he started
working harder, meeting with people he would need later on, establishing relationships, re-analyzing his projected policies in light if new
information available to him. The only thing that changes tomorrow at noon is that he officially has the authority to start making his changes.
According to this thread
, he has his first actions ready to go and will execute them.
Saturday and Sunday he will be talking with political leaders and business leaders to cement relationships and drop hints at what he expects in the
coming days. Monday he will sit down and start hashing complex policy adjustments, and from there... he'll do what is needed.
That's how it works. Monday will be his first 'real' day at work, the first day he sits there in the Oval Office and talks serious with the contacts
he has made. He's not going to argue the role of the EPA with Bernie over a glass of punch in a ballroom over loud music and the din of a crowd of
celebrators... duh. He's not going to call John Lewis and talk civil rights while greeting others... duh. He's not going to address sweeping
legislation on campaign reform with the Speaker of the House while they're both applauding a performance... duh.
He'll do all that starting Monday.
As for his promise, he's already fulfilled it. He has already struck deals with various companies to bring in jobs. He has executive orders written up
and ready to sign. He hit the ground running in November. Promise fulfilled.
As to Obama's 'time off', the criticism was not that he took time off, but when he took time off. Personally, I never really cared; I wasn't 'allowed'
to complain anyway, as that would have been 'racist' of me. So far as I know, ISIS isn't planning any major attacks (unless one considers the
DisruptJ20 movement as part of ISIS... they are terrorists IMO), North Korea isn't testing any nukes this weekend, and no one seems to be threatening
war this weekend. I'm sure if those things happen, the plans will change.
Well, there is that issue with Cher's flight to Jupiter still not departing on time, but I think that can wait until Monday.
Bottom line: Trump held good to his promise, and he's not leaving on vacation. He's taking care of business, just not the business he is itching to
take care of. That starts in earnest again Monday.