As President Trump’s time in the White House grows longer and longer, it must be making his critics uncomfortable. Not only has he followed through with his promises, but he’s also revealing himself to be much more than the man who was running for president and now he’s shaping up to be much more effective than former president Obama.
Granted, the President is still an abnormal president. He doesn’t mold into the normal way the White House runs and maybe that’s a good thing. Take last week for example. Trump had several opportunities to get positive media coverage but chose to turn them down. One of those opportunities was an invitation by ESPN that Obama never turned down.
Another change from ‘normal’ presidential behavior is how he responds to reporters. When they start yelling questions at him, he simply turns away and interacts with others. This is a stark difference to his campaign which included several loud debates and arguments with press. In reality, those loud twitter wars and news arguments were just distractions from his opposition.
Andrew Malcolm questions if it’s possible that the ‘demands and needs’ of the president have caused a more disciplined behavior to come out. He talks about those demand saying:
“Those demands include selling his keystone policy initiative to the country. And by country, I mean the 535 elected members of Congress, who will determine the fate of the replacement for the sinking USS Obamacare.
Trump has been meeting all along with congressional leaders. Now he’s had, of all people, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina over for lunch. Then Mr. and Mrs. Marco Rubio and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Cruz came for separate social dinners. Social is what Washington calls mealtime lobbying, and what no one expected last year during the primary campaign when Trump mocked those men.
The other evening the Trump White House had key committee members in for drinks and social bowling. The president will be working that Oval Office phone to Capitol Hill, as he has to many foreign leaders since Jan. 20.”
Bottom line, Trump is much more of a listener than anyone could have ever imagined. But if we think about it, can anyone rise to his business level without knowing how to listen? One incredible initiative President Trump and Vice President Pence will be performing is something called “listening sessions.” These sessions will include leaders of education, businesses, banks, and more.
According to McClatchy DC, this type of behavior is polar opposite to Obama. While Trump is listening to others (check out the recent article on the Ambassador of Afghanistan) Obama was more of a talking type:
“[Obama] didn’t meet with the GOP’s Senate leadership, for instance, until his 542nd day in office. The irony is Obama’s party had such firm control of Congress back in 2009 and 2010 that it could ram through the immense bill with not a single Republican vote.”
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Credit: McClatchy DC