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Met him in a private setting five and a half years ago when he was floating the idea of running for president. I asked him if he was going to run and he said politics was interesting, but his TV show was a lot more fun. He was only floating the idea to improve his ratings so he could keep doing his show.
He also mentioned during the conversation the Trump you see in public is a drastically exaggerated version of his private personality. He needed to come off as excessive to drive ratings and keep his name relevant. To that point, he did come off pretty sensible in private, but only time will tell which Trump is the real one.
It was only an hour long conversation with him and ten other people more than five years ago, but I think he ran to improve his ratings for his TV show. Then it was cancelled due to his Mexican comments and he said # it and just kept running. I don't think he actually wanted to become president initially, but after NBC took away the one thing he loved he decided to play for keeps.
We were having dinner at Lincoln Square Steak shortly after Trump declared his candidacy. He came in with a large party and were heading to one of the private dining rooms. It was a total # storm. NOT his party I might add. What were seemingly refined people eating dinner before his arrival turned into wild jackals fighting for the last piece of their innocent antelope dinner. People jockeying for position to get their phones up to grab a picture and shouts of Hey Donald, you're hired/fired, they didn't care.
We decided to leave as the whole ambiance was thrown off kilter and not what we usually enjoyed. My husband somehow got the attention of our waiter and signaled for the check. We weren't paying any particular attention to anyone until someone said "Is the food bad tonight ? Looks like you barely got started". True that, our meals were basically untouched.
Well, it was Donald Trump himself, next to our table as they made their way around the dining room. Long story short, after we assured him that our leaving wasn't actually because of him, hands were shaken, pleasantries exchanged and he took our check from our returning waiter and signed for it himself.
All in all, a very nice and soft spoken man, (Yeah really) even with the chaos surrounding him.
I just don't get seemingly normal people who lose their # when a "celebrity" is in their midst. Damn I hate the city.
A very close friend of mine was actually on The Apprentice. I went to an event with her and met him. He was polite and didn't set off my creepy vibes. When my friend's mother died, he paid all of her final costs.
She's been approached repeatedly by media outlets and asked if he sexually harassed her or if she witnessed anything inappropriate when she was on the show. She said no; he was always with at least one security guard in any green rooms and he was always very nice and respectful to her and the other women in her season. Of course that never got published.
Very New York story. I am eating dinner at the Silver Star Diner on 2nd avenue in NYC. This is about 1993. At the table next to me is comedian Jackie Mason. The Diner has floor to ceiling windows and outside walks by Trump, Marla Maples, Trump's parents and couple of other people. Trump sees Mason and walks in and heads to the table. On the way over, his father bumps into my table and knocks over my water. He apologizes and I say it's ok. Marla actually grabs some napkins and starts cleaning it. Trump goes on about what a horror it is (clearly joking) and says he will buy me a new water "as many as you want".
Then Jackie Mason goes on for 20 minutes about how cheap Trump is. He has the whole Diner in stitches. Trump jokes it's not his fault because he just gave Ivana "a whole lot of money". Donald takes it well but he leaves about halfway through smiling and waiving at everyone.
I went to school with his daughter Tiffany so I had a few interactions with the Donald and all were positive. The one anecdote that I'll share is from the school plays. Tiffany was involved in the school theatre program and so was my brother so I was usually helping out as an usher for the plays. Donald attended all the plays that were put on despite living across the country from our school in LA. The thing that was most impressive was how here arrived to the plays, he was always late, just 1 minute late. He'd arrive and take his seat in the rear just after the house lights went down so he didn't draw any attention away from the kids. He'd slip out as quietly as he'd arrived, when he was at the school his focus was 100% on his daughter and not himself. Despite living in a pretty solid liberal area most people from that school admit that's it kind of hard to square our experiences with him up with the media's portrayal of him as a brash, egotistical idiot.
He also mentioned during the conversation the Trump you see in public is a drastically exaggerated version of his private personality.
originally posted by: Dfairlite
a reply to: ManFromEurope
I guess you could believe that they're all made up. Just don't accuse others of denying reality.
This will get buried but whatever it's a great story. I was playing Doral with some friends, two of whom were local pros where I'm from, and they were complaining about the course and how the renovations were goofy rather than tests for the golfer (for those not that familiar with golf, the sign of good course design is that you get rewarded for hitting good shots and randomness is kept minimal--fair but tough). Then as we're going up to get the second shots, Donald Trump rolls up right behind us in his cart and (of course) yells: "Isn't this the best damn par 5 you've ever played?" He didn't stop to chat or anything, he just grinned to himself and drove away.
What has he done that would help you.