14 June, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
I wonder if you saw the video of Monday’s cabinet meeting, where the president* invited each of his cabinet members in turn to offer effusive flattery, praising the president* himself and the incredible success of his agenda? And where, to cap it off, the president* felt it appropriate to declare himself the most productive man in the office since FDR?
I wonder if you were as saddened by this pathetic sight as I was? Hyperbole has its place in political discourse, but hyperbole heaped upon hyperbole succeeds only in making its recipient look ridiculous. It's also a first cousin of hypocrisy.
What are we to make of a president* who indulges in this nonsense? Who grins unabashedly for the cameras and makes it clear that he considers this his due? Can you imagine Obama tolerating such a display? Even George W. Bush? Anyone, indeed, other than Donald J. Trump?
This is the self-touted CEO president*? The tough businessman? In the business world, he would have been laughed out of the boardroom long ago. He makes not only himself look ridiculous. He makes fools, too, of those who praise him as well as those who tolerate his ascendancy.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.