“You are so lucky to have me as your President,” is, on its face, a remarkable thing for a president to say. In fact, it’s inconceivable that any past president would say that.Why? Because past presidents have understood that serving as president is both an honor and a public trust. That to be trusted by 330 million Americans with representing their interests both domestically and internationally is a massive gift that should humble anyone who ascends to the office. It is, without question, the highlight and honor of anyone’s life who gets to serve.Trump, as his tweet on Wednesday makes crystal clear, views things very differently. In his mind, he is doing the country a favor in serving as president. He sees the presidency as an inconvenience — one he is only willing to take on because he believes only he can fix what ails the country.That’s not my supposition. Trump has said that very thing. Lots of times.“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in a 2017 interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”“This thing is costing me a fortune, being president,” Trump said in a speech in California in 2019. “It’s probably costing me from $3 to $5 billion for the privilege of being — and I couldn’t care less—I don’t care. You know if you’re wealthy, it doesn’t matter. I just want to do a great job.”In an interview with Barstool Sports earlier this summer, Trump was even more blunt. “The best day in my life in terms of business and life and everything was the day before I announced I was running for president,” he said. “Everything was good. … Now I’m really glad I did but I was treated very unfairly.”
See, for Trump, being president is an imposition. It took him away from his great life of being rich and famous. And in his mind, very well-liked. “I had a popularity rate … I was close to 100% popular,” he told Barstool Sports. (This is, in fact, totally inaccurate. Trump has never had an approval rating higher than 50%. Ever. In public or private life.)Being president hasn’t been as fun as Trump had hoped. And it’s been, well, hard! Way harder than being a billionaire reality TV star!And so, Trump wants to be thanked for taking on this burden. The burden of being president.Which, honestly, makes sense, because he wants to be thanked for pretty much everything.
There is more at the link above. I think the article is spot on about tRump. Thanks to Nan for sending me the link. Hugs