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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

The 2016 presidential election wasn’t just a referendum on white supremacy. It was also a celebration of know-nothingness, the crowning of a reality TV star who, unlike all 44 of his predecessors, has never previously held a position in military or in government. That leaves us with a soon-to-be commander-in-chief who, in addition to steadfastly refusing to learn anything about policy, hasn’t bothered to investigate the ins-and-outs of the job that awaits him. That ignorance was apparently on vivid display when Donald Trump met with President Obama at the White House last Thursday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, as President Obama gave Trump a survey course in what leading the country entails, “Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope [of the job], said people familiar with the meeting.”

Crucial gaps in Trump’s information about the task include the most basic personnel requirements. “Trump aides were described… as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term,” WSJ writes.

For years, Trump has loudly opposed Obama’s performance in the White House, but he has been most vocal in perpetuating the racist birther lie. After observing Trump’s frightening lack of preparedness, President Obama is now said to be in the unenviable position of having to go above and beyond what’s generally expected in advising his successor.

“Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance,” WSJ notes. “He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.”

Maybe having the enormity of the job finally occur to him accounts for the panic-stricken look on Trump’s face in photos taken after his briefing with the president. During his press briefing Monday, Obama spoke to the challenges that await Trump now that the campaign season is over and he has to get down to the business of actually governing.

“Regardless of what assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up,” the president stated. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick. Because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

“Whatever you bring to this office, this office has a habit of magnifying and pointing out and hopefully you correct for it,” Obama added. “There are going to be certain elements to his temperament that are not going to serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects for them… When you are a candidate that says something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than when you are president of the United States.”

Those comments came as close to criticism as the president would veer. A day before, Trump announced the appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon, chairman of Trump’s campaign, is executive editor of Breitbart, an outlet he has described as “the platform of the alt-right.” For the record, the so-called alt-right is a loose coalition of racists, white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, internet trolls and angry white guys who think their failures in life are the fault of immigrants, black people, Jews, and women who don’t know when to shut up.

A number of groups have opposed Bannon’s appointment, based on the idea that it’s a horrifying proposition to have a white nationalist running the country. It is, however, a good indicator of what a Trump administration will look like, where it will get its ideas, which Americans it values, and how dangerous the next four years may be.

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

IMAGE: Barack Obama meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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18 responses to “Obama To Tutor Trump Because He’s Clueless About The Scope Of His New Job”

  1. mike says:

    The Trump Derangement Syndrome continues.????????????????

  2. Mama Bear says:

    oh good grief it is worse than I even imagined.

    • Dan S says:

      Unfortunately I kind of figured the thin skinned orange haired Trump would not be prepared for the demands of the job. This is the US Presidency not High School

  3. TZToronto says:

    How do you teach someone whose first inclination when being criticized or insulted is to seek vengeance not to blow the Iranian gunboat out of the water just because some sailor on that gunboat made an obscene gesture to an American ship? And how do you convince him (and his racist and xenophobic and foreign-policy-challenged advisers) that dropping a nuke on ISIS is just going to cause more problems than it solves–like WWIII?

  4. Thoughtopsy says:


  5. stefanie.fulk says:

    1 year ago I decided to abandon my last job and I am so happy now… I started to work online, for a company I stumbled upon online, for several hrs every day, and I profit now much more than i did on my old work… Last payment i got was for 9k dollars… Great thing about this job is that i have more time for my loved ones…

  6. FireBaron says:

    I don’t know why the President is bothering trying to tutor this ignoramus. After all, according to Teflon Donnie he has the brightest people picked to take care of all of this for him. Giuliani, Bolton, Bannon, Conway, Christie, Pirebus (that name doesn’t sound very American to me), etc.

  7. The lucky one says:

    “He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.” Of course, the slow kids always need more tutoring. Trump is not a smart man and lacks humility which is the most essential quality in a learner.

  8. pisces63 says:

    Will he arrive in the short bus, this time. ME!!?? In a pig’s eye. I would do all that is necessary in line with how great the Bush family helped Obama and his, including the girls by the Bush twins. Anything else? He knows. More about ISIS. How to run the government. He knows it all. Does not need him to show him, the know it all of all things. When republicans are warning colleagues to stay away from him and his team, it gets scary. From insiders or kicked out insiders, they use ‘we won, you lose’ rhetoric. Are arrogant and elitist. Dumb as rocks. Has no clue what to do and I would give him all the rope he needs. When the KKK marches in January, in the parade, THAT will say it all.

  9. FT66 says:

    To me the teaching doesn’t cross my mind very well. Why should he (Pres. Obama) teach Trump while he will be busy undoing his accomplishments. Is there any logic in doing so?

    • Dan S says:

      President Obama wants to give enough insight & guidance to his successor so the nation as a whole doesn’t drown in Trumps incompetence. I understand the West Wing is staffed with 4000 people that are leaving when Obama does. Trump assumed they would stay on. He’ll be too damn busy just trying to understand the job he campaigned for leaving no time for him to try & undo Obamas legacy. Honestly their needs to be some standard set for anyone who wants to be POTUS. Even those who likes what DJT said in the campaign need to know they hired Barney Fife material here to run the country ????????

  10. Jon says:

    For all those who wondered what it would be like to have a delusional narcissist serve as POTUS, they get to find out. Those who voted for this megalomaniac knew who and what he is and they will suffer with everyone else when they find out their Glorious Leader isn’t all that glorious.

    • iamproteus says:

      I will always blame the msm for this mess because they failed to be truthful in their reporting. The media should always “call a spade a shovel” as my Dad used to say. Instead, they let Trump and his supporters get away with spreading the most outrageous lies and innuendos about Hillary and glossed over his many shortcomings and transgressions. In my opinion, they should shoulder the majority of the blame for what the gullible cons believe.

      • Jon says:

        I agree completely. MSM was acting like the propaganda division of Trump and his fellow Republicans. With a very few exceptions, they allowed Trump and his surrogates to use them to spread their lies. They never challenged their lies and created the appearance that they were telling the truth. They pilloried Hillary based on lies and innuendo. I would get so angry about the biased coverage I had to turn off the tv at times because I couldn’t tolerate anymore of it.

        • iamproteus says:

          I can’t help a pang of apprehension when I think of the direction this country is taking with Trump and his minions at the helm. To be entirely honest, it scares the hell out of me! Although I have the utmost respect for Mr. Obama and his intentions, I can’t imagine that his efforts in tutoring the Orange One will bear fruit. God bless him for trying, though.

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