In the world of TV journalism, only Charles Krauthammer has the cred and the guts to interrupt Bill O’Reilly in mid-sentence.
But there he was on The O'Reilly Factor, cutting into Bill’s Prose. Bill graciously allowed it because, hey, he’s Charles Krauthammer.
Krauthammer — only barely a fan of Donald Trump — was making the point that The Donald, in his Inaugural Address, seemed to be making extraordinary promises.
Not just that we’re going to “drain the swamp” to “make America great again”; he also promised that the carnage in our cities stops right here, right now. It was reminiscent of his speech at the convention where he was going to end violence in America. Not diminish it -- end it.
Krauthammer reminded O’Reilly that Trump said that he was going eradicate Jihadism from the face of the Earth.
Bill tried to dismiss it as hyperbole. He said Trump has never been understated; he’s always been bombastic...
Charles wasn’t going to let him off the hook. “... But he’s never been President!!”
Donald Trump is the first American president to assume power without military or political experience. Most Presidents have both; Trump has neither.
That’s a pretty big deal. But it’s not a show-stopper.
Neither military experience (Ulysses S. Grant) nor political experience (James Buchanan) is a guarantee of a successful presidency. As a transformative figure, Donald Trump comes to us as a CEO-in-chief. Maybe that’s just what we need right now.
As a businessman, Trump is accustomed to making rash claims. That’s his negotiating style. Demand the stars, settle for the Moon.
Charles may be right to criticize him for his hyperbole. But we must remember that Trump got where he was because he’s a successful negotiator.
He doesn’t need to be a military genius or a political genius. He’ll surround himself with those people. Meanwhile, he’ll be with leaders in Congress and leaders of the Free World cutting deals to make America great again.
And you gotta hand it to a guy who names his son “Baron”. That’s a sign he is projecting his hope into the future.