Little boy president

A day hardly goes by that President Trump does not do or say something that is “unpredictable, impulsive, immature and that straddles the world between reality and make-believe.” When he does, some of us are shocked; others, bewilderingly pleased – but none of us ever surprised. Why?

The clearest answer to that question may well have come from an observation President Trump once made about himself to one of his biographers, Michael D’Antonio.: “When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.”

…Except that now, to his own amazement, Donald J. Trump is President of the United States and there is a big difference between being a child of six and a 71-year- old child president.. A six- year-old can learn from others and change for the better. A six-year-old can grow up. President Trump is not interested in learning or improving – just “winning.'” Winning what? What every child craves – attention and endless adulation.

Our septuagenarian president is not in his second childhood. Readers of his biographies know he never grew out of his first. Chronologically, President Trump is twice the age required to be president. Developmentally, as he himself has said, he is “basically the same” as he was in first grade. Though he has been a resident of the United States for far more years than required to be eligible for the presidency, he often sounds and acts as though he is living in another world.

And reciting the shortcomings of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will not alter the president’s own startling and chilling self-assessment: Donald J. Trump himself believes and has said we’ve got a child fresh out of pre-school as our President.

The time for prayer is now.

Tim Mannello

Williamsport

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