History tells us an American president’s foremost duty in times of both calm and turmoil is to reassure the American people. A powerful presence is particularly welcome after a catastrophe has struck. That burnished image of the president stepping up to the challenge with calm assurance and wise counsel has always shown brightly before Donald Trump fouled the highest office in the land.
The self-ordained greatest emergency management chief in history has been dealt one more chance to do more than throw paper towels at mortified Puerto Rican Americans and tweet bullshit. He is already standing with one foot over the chasm. A little shove or a tiny misstep will be fatal to him and the whimsical world he lives in.
For those who detest his presidency, it is a Hobson’s choice indeed. If Trump rises to the occasion, as unlikely as it now seems, his impending dispatch from the…
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