(CNN)Memorial Day, for politicians, is a no-brainer. You express thanks to those who have served and condolences for those who have been lost. That’s it. That’s the statement.
Remember that phrase “There’s a time and place for everything”? Trump seems not to have that gene in him — or to listen to people who do.
Anyone — and I mean ANYONE — who Trump ran that tweet by before sending it would tell him that it sounds incredibly self-serving, far too focused on himself and what he’s done as opposed to what today means for the country. But as the past 16 months has shown, Trump rarely consults with people before he tweets. He feels as though he innately understands Twitter — that it is the medium best suited for him to communicate to the millions and millions of people who not only voted for him but also “get” him at some core level. Maybe that group of core Trump supporters think today’s tweet is a good idea, though it’s difficult to see how.
The tweet seems reflective of a broader belief that has animated every moment of Trump’s campaign and presidency: This is about him. Period. Military personnel killed in service honored with poppy wall “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said in accepting the Republican nomination back in 2016.
I alone can fix it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself in the Russia probe? “Very unfair to the President,” Trump told The New York Times last summer.Me, I, me. I did this. I deserve credit. This is unfair to me. Soldiers fought and died so I could make the unemployment rate better. And so on. Trump’s total lack of understanding of how past presidents have prioritized the collective good of the country over their own personal aggrandizement or self -promotion represents one of the most consequential breaks with history embodied in Trump. Trump is the “me” President, not the “we” President. And that is a profound change in how politicians — Democrats and Republicans — have conceived of the office they hold.
Expatriate American Writer Dr. Sabri g. Bebawi