I am almost in complete agreement with David Brooks regarding his assessment of Donald Trump in his latest New York Times column:
He is a childish man running for a job that requires maturity. He is an insecure boasting little boy whose desires were somehow arrested at age 12. He surrounds himself with sycophants. “You can always tell when the king is here,” Trump’s butler told Jason Horowitz in a recent Times profile. He brags incessantly about his alleged prowess, like how far he can hit a golf ball. “Do I hit it long? Is Trump strong?” he asks.
So why am I almost in agreement with Brooks?
Well, to put it very simply, what Brooks has written about Trump could just as easily be said of Obama.
Remember when Michael Jordan dissed Obama’s golf game shortly before the 2014 mid-term elections? While Obama acknowledged Jordan was a better golfer he added, “Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case.” I realize Obama has played golf 270 times since taking office, but the idea he could compete with one of the greatest athletes in American history is delusional. But, of course, Obama would think like that. This is, after all, a man who has said with complete conviction, “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I’ve got some game.”
It takes a certain amount of hubris to think an iPod full of one’s speeches is a fitting gift for anyone much less a Queen. Speaking of the Brits, it doesn’t say a lot for Obama’s maturity that he saw fit to blame British PM David Cameron for the debacle in Libya. To Obama, leading from behind means attacking one’s friends from behind.
Of course, Brooks is (to borrow a word from Trump’s lexicon) a yuugge fan of Obama. Last month, Brooks mused about how much he would miss Obama. He characterized Obama’s reign as “remarkably scandal free,” which I considered a remarkable statement considering Fast & Furious, the VA, the IRS & Benghazi. And Hillary’s use of a private server to receive classified information? Does Brooks think Obama was unaware of this given that they e-mailed each other? Remarkably scandal free? Hardly.
While I share David Brooks’ revulsion of Trump, I do not share his romanticism of Obama.