posted on Feb, 19 2017 @ 02:19 AM
A lot of what he was saying was obviously just exasperation which, while I don't agree with him, I can at least try to empathize with. (I try to
always think of everyone as a human being, even presidents, even those I profoundly disagree with. Also, while extremely spry and willful for his age,
we also have to remember the man is a man in his 70s under an enormous amount of stress and in a situation he has been forced to rapidly acclimate to.
That's not ageism, I'm just saying I wouldn't want my own mother or father subjected to this level of stress as I KNOW it would be detrimental to
them, so on a human level, whatever my disagreements with him, that always goes through my mind when thinking about politicians of a certain age on
both sides of the isle.)
But the part that I found unsettling was when a reporter was extremely complimentary to him, and even said he disliked how much of the press had
treated Trump. He also noted that he had been "very good" to Trump throughout his campaign. The President seemed pleased by this and allowed him to
ask his question. He then asked an extremely simple, straightforward question. The most softball question imaginable imo, that all the President had
to do - whether he agreed or disagreed - was say such acts are unacceptable and he would work to prevent them... but he instead began complaining
about how he was deceived by the reporter into thinking it would be an easy question, and then never answered. When others expressed dismay at this,
he repeated, "Quiet! Quiet! Quiet!"
I'm sorry but there is just no rationalizing that one away for me. Even if you (or the President) believe that this was a gotcha question or an
implication that you don't feel matches reality, or an attempt to associate the President with something you believe is out of his hands... it's still
an easy question. All one has to say is, "I firmly believe I have nothing to do with such acts, but where they occur, they are unacceptable, I oppose
them obviously, and will do all I can to stamp them out."
Instead, he became frustrated by the lack of a "nice, easy question." This is not something I can overlook, I'm sorry. Despite disagreeing with and
having grave concerns about the policy positions of our president, I have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt and, once he started appointing
people from the financial industry that have driven previous administrations and I became more circumspect, I still have tried to extend to him the
basic human compassion and empathy I do everyone, even those I disagree with... and I am still going to do that... I'm not going to insult him, or his
But this speaks, imo, to someone far more than simply tired, exacerbated, or opinionated. He is treating even the simplest questions as "unfair," when
all he has to do is clearly, calmly state his position and move on.