President-elect Donald Trump has previously eschewed preparation. He doesn’t believe in it, repeatedly mocking Hillary Clinton for preparing for the debates.
But while Trump may have been able to get through 90-minute debates using vague policy proposals and sound bites, the presidency itself is a different ball game.
The business tycoon-turned politician ran a campaign as an outsider, pledging to “drain the swamp” of alleged corruption in Washington. And unlike all other US presidents to come before him, Trump has no political or military experience.
The weight of the job before the president-elect is starting to sink in.
During the first awkward meeting with President Barak Obama, Trump looked visibly uncomfortable and was reportedly shocked by how much work the presidency involved.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the President-elect was “surprised by the scope” of what he would have to do in his new job.
For example, Trump had no idea he would have to hire a new White House staff once Obama’s term ends, and “appeared nervous and uncharacteristically subdued” after the meeting ended.
The New York Times reported that the two men also “discussed foreign and domestic policy issues that Mr. Trump would need to deal with on Day 1 in the Oval Office.
After the meeting, Trump even indicated he would start taking Obama’s advice, saying, “I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the president would "spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do" to provide him with additional guidance.
This is ironic given that Trump once referred to Obama as “one of the worst presidents in the history of our country.” This is not counting the years he spent delegitimizing his presidency by questioning his citizenship, or claiming that he was the founder of ISIS.
They say that you should be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Trump is the epitome of that cliché, for now he can’t simply sit in his gold-plated tower and throw spitballs at everyone around him. He actually has to do the job.
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