Celebrity is fleet­ing? They don’t know Trump

Cecil Whig - - & - Ann McFeat­ters

— Rarely have so many needed so badly to have so many plat­i­tudes be true. For ex­am­ple: — Men (we don’t know about women yet) grow into the pres­i­dency when they get to the White House. There have, of course, been ex­cep­tions to this rule, in­clud­ing Richard Nixon. But for the most part, we usu­ally see pre­vi­ously hid­den re­serves of dig­nity, diplo­macy and gray hair emerge from the men we choose to lead. We will see if Don­ald Trump be­comes a states­man, but don’t hold your breath wait­ing for the or­ange hair to dis­ap­pear.

— Ev­ery­one wants the pres­i­dent to suc­ceed. Well, maybe not Mitch McCon­nell when Barack Obama was elected. Or Newt Gin­grich when Bill Clin­ton was elected. But mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will get over their shock! shock! shock! and wish Trump well as his ten­ure gets un­der­way.

— The first lady of the land be­comes a role model. That seems to be true a lot. Eleanor Roo­sevelt and so­cial progress. Laura Bush and read­ing. Nancy Rea­gan and say­ing no to (il­licit) drugs. Michelle Obama and eat­ing your veg­eta­bles. Me­la­nia Trump? Wear­ing end­less suc­ces­sions of white, fit­ted dresses while seek­ing a speech writer who doesn’t pla­gia­rize words of ci­vil­ity from for­mer first ladies.

— We are a great, united coun­try striv­ing to over­come our dif­fer­ences and live to­gether in peace and unity and be a model repub­lic to the rest of the world. Un­less the pres­i­dent-elect vows to de­port 11 mil­lion of us, ban Mus­lims, build a huge wall and lower taxes on the rich. Oh well, maybe that was so yes­ter­day.

— Af­ter a gru­el­ing 18-month cam­paign, we come to know a can­di­date well. Though we have not seen Trump’s tax records or his health records or any spe­cific pol­icy pro­pos­als, we know a lot about his hair, his chil­dren, his many houses, golf cour­ses and ho­tels, his law­suits, and his pas­sion­ate, long-held in­ter­est in women’s bod­ies.

— Pol­i­tics is just pol­i­tics. Ex­cept that pres­i­dents have great pow­ers to lift us up, knock us down, for­mu­late tax pol­icy, get us into and out of war, set a mood, de­stroy a mood, give us a good ex­am­ple, give us a bad ex­am­ple and change the White House drapes.

— Pres­i­dents build on the le­ga­cies of their pre­de­ces­sors. Un­less they have vowed to re­peal their sig­na­ture health care laws, nu­clear deals, trade pacts, diplo­matic over­tures and plow over the veg­etable gar­den.

— Celebrity is fleet­ing. Un­less you have a suc­ces­sion of top-rated re­al­ity TV shows.

— There’s no I in team. But the Trump cam­paign was pretty much all about one man. Al­though, if the much-mar­ried Trump chooses the thrice-mar­ried Gin­grich as his sec­re­tary of state and the oft-mar­ried Rudy Gi­u­liani as at­tor­ney gen­eral, we may have in­ter­est­ing new lessons in re­la­tion­ships.

— Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son. Ex­cept when it doesn’t. Some­times emo­tions of rage, re­sent­ment, des­per­a­tion, envy, hope­less­ness, vin­dic­tive­ness and hate pre­vail with­out rea­son be­ing in the mix. But some­times they don’t.

— It’s all about the econ­omy and jobs. They are huge, but the well-kept se­cret is that the pres­i­dent has no power to cre­ate jobs. Trump says he will make it eas­ier for the rich to cre­ate jobs by get­ting Congress to cut taxes on them and elim­i­nat­ing reg­u­la­tions on busi­nesses. It’s called trickle-down eco­nom­ics and, so far, de­spite decades of Repub­li­can lead­ers push­ing it, it hasn’t worked. We will see what Trump can do. But we know he will hit the ground run­ning.

— Come on, Amer­ica, things could be worse. Yes, you could have been on that plane to Mex­ico City that ac­tu­ally had a poi­sonous snake on it.

— Fight­ing for what is right is worth it. Good, de­cent, hard-work­ing Amer­i­cans who care about their values don’t have a real choice and never give up even when a lot of other peo­ple make a lot of stupid de­ci­sions.

— The coun­try al­ways sur­vives — wars, de­pres­sions, stains such as racism, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and bad choices for pres­i­dent. Yes, his­tory shows us that is true.

Whether you be­lieve we will keep Amer­ica great or make it great again, we are stronger to­gether. And the pen­du­lum swings ...

To the rest of the world: Watch us while we peace­fully trans­fer power, yet again. On to the in­au­gu­ral balls and an­other glitzy white gown on Me­la­nia!

Ann McFeat­ters is a colum­nist for Tri­bune News Ser­vice. Read­ers may send her email at am­cfeat­ters@ na­tion­al­press.com.

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