Jennifer Rubin offers this poignant assessment of our pretend President:
Trump has been weirdly animated about the hurricane, exclaiming on Twitter about the unprecedented nature of the damage. Now, as he rushes to the scene (or close to the scene) to get his mug on TV, he might want to reconsider whether he will be blamed for diverting resources from those who need it. Trump loves seeing his own image (e.g. in big trucks, in the Oval Office), but his enthusiasm for the limelight and “looking the part” only emphasizes that he views the presidency as another reality show with him in the leading role [Jennifer Rubin, “Mr. President, the Flood Victims Come First, Not Your Photo Op,” Washington Post, 2017.08.29].
Donald Trump has made the White House a karaoke bar, where he turns the armchair musings of the average TV viewer and belts out what he thinks sound like Presidential pronouncements. He’s more concerned about hearing his own voice shout from the loudspeakers than about listening to others and taking practical action:
His aversion to substance is well-known. (Why did he just eliminate an order to require infrastructure to meet higher flood-protection rules? Why did he propose an 11 percent cut to the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Where is the new Department of Homeland Security secretary?) But when the post-crisis analysis happens, Trump will find that the president can rarely escape blame. So rather than rush to the cameras, maybe Trump should start filling empty slots at DHS, rule out the need for offsets (as Republicans did in prior natural disasters) and figure out how he’s going to keep the government open after the end of next month. (Hint: Drop the demand for funding the useless wall and rebuild Houston instead.) We promise not to criticize if he stays away, but that would require that he, for once, think of others first [Rubin, 2017.08.29].