On being … a nostalgic look back?
By Ingrid Sapona
Hard to believe the Trump presidency is less than a
month old, isn’t it? From January 1 through the inauguration on the 20th,
I made note of some of the terms I read or heard others use to describe him.
(Even in Mexico it was impossible to escape the news of the impending
inauguration.) It was an interesting exercise then and reflecting on these
descriptions is perhaps even more interesting now.
So, here are some of the words. You’ll note that there
are some letters missing (Y and Z, for example) – but, there are so many
multiples for some letters (see C, for example), the descriptors more than
cover the alphabet.
Keep in mind, these are ways others (journalists and
public figures, like George Soros) used to describe him or what they thought
his presidency will bring:
A is for: angry; autocrat; acrimonious
C is for: combative; contradictory; contempt; crass; circus,
conflict of interest
D is for: disparagement, demonization; disorganized
F is for: fact-challenged; flippant
G is for: golden rain (if you don’t know what this is
a reference to, don’t feel bad… honestly, it’s just as well …)
H is for: humiliation; hostile
I is for: inflammatory, intemperate; imposter; intimidating;
L is for: lacking filters
M is for: menacing; mocking; master showman
S is for: self-aggrandizing; show biz; science denialist;
T is for: tyrant; thin-skinned; temper-tantrum
U is for: unpredictable; unhinged; unpresidential
V is for: volatile; vitriol
I don’t know about you, but these aren’t exactly the
words I’d be looking for in the resume of – or terms I’d expect to see in a recommendation
letter of – my ideal candidate for President.
Post Script: As I wrote this, I wondered if some of my
readers might have found some of these descriptors harsh, or unfair, or merely
sentiments of those whose opinions one might expect reported on by the “liberal
media”. Well, now that we’re just over
three weeks into Trumps 208 week (first?) term, I have to say that I think
these descriptors are definitely on point – and if anything, perhaps even on
the polite side.
One last thing: I promise that I’ll return to a
traditional essay format – I won’t be turning On being… into a column of