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100 Days of Trump: The Commander in Chief preps marching orders for GOP Congress

Today marks the five week point for the historic Donald Trump presidency, one that’s already been chock full of executive actions, drama and thanks to the media, controversy.

Some have suggested Trump has accomplished more with executive orders in a little over a month than prior presidents have done in years; but when the new commander in chief addresses his first joint session of Congress next Tuesday night, he’ll extend an invitation to Republican congressmen and senators to come and Trump Marching Ordershelp shoulder the agenda load.

Shane Goldmacher of Politico reports, “White House advisers reluctantly acknowledge they could use a reset — ‘I guess we could use that word,’ one White House official said — and see President Donald Trump’s televised address next week before a joint session of Congress as a prime opportunity to start again.

“Like Trump’s inaugural address, Tuesday’s speech will be written by aide Stephen Miller. But rather than echo the broad strokes of the Jan. 20 ‘American carnage’ address, White House aides involved in planning say the president will be more detailed as he seeks to recast his tumultuous first month as a success, ticking through the promises he’s already kept and outlining the next ones on his agenda.”

As always, you have to love Politico. As a shining example of the rampant liberal bias in its reporting, Goldmacher prefaces President Trump’s first “State of the Union” (though they don’t call it that the first year) speech with the notion Republicans have already screwed things up so badly they require a “reset.”

Nonsense. The first five weeks have been one consequential move after another. It will only get better from here, too.

I’m not sure which “White House official” may have agreed with the term, but there is no “reset” in Trump’s vocabulary because he’s always moving forward. General George Patton famously said “I don’t like to pay for the same ground twice” and that’s an effective summation of Trump’s governing philosophy. (Note: The quote appears in the movie “Patton” though the general himself may not have said it.)

Another Patton quote that applies to Trump is, “Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

This sounds exactly like what Trump intends to do with Congress starting next week. “White House officials said that after a first month driven almost entirely by policies they could enact unilaterally, the joint congressional address will focus on work the White House wants done on Capitol Hill during the rest of 2017,” Goldmacher reported.

Much as the media pretends Trump is a dictator, he isn’t one. Up until now the president has accomplished quite a lot just by issuing executive orders that neutralized harmful past actions by Obama, but there’s a limit to what can (or should) be done inside the Oval Office.

It is common knowledge Obama attempted to bypass Congress as much as possible in his second term, but from all appearances, Trump intends to lean on the people’s representatives and senators to do their constitutionally mandated duties instead. Legislation drives the agenda.

Goldmacher’s article indicates there are four subjects Trump will concentrate on during his speech – tax reform, border security, healthcare and infrastructure – all areas where Congress must take the lead. Particularly pressing is the need to quickly act on Obamacare, since time is running short to keep the promises made to Americans to finally do something about the hopelessly broken health insurance system.

Scott McKay of The American Spectator wrote it’s urgent that Speaker Paul Ryan get right on it. “[W]hile cleaning up the unmentionables after Obama’s regulatory Bacchanal is the Lord’s work, Ryan advertised that by mid-March he’d have Obamacare in his crosshairs. He’s going to have to stick to that schedule, because the folks who put the GOP in sole control of the federal government are not going to be interested in excuses. If this is spring training, it had better produce a team ready to win on Opening Day.”

The same can be said for the pressure Republicans feel to produce during Trump’s opening 100 days. For the first time since 2010 the president will have two party members sitting behind him for his speech to Congress. It will definitely be a proud moment when Vice President Mike Pence shares the spotlight with Trump on Tuesday night.

Paul Ryan will no doubt be flashing his homespun Wisconsin smile as well. I hope Ryan realizes how much work he has to do. The Republican establishment now has a master sitting in the White House. If Ryan ever wavers, Trump will be there to get him back on track.

Not only that, it appears the public would be on Trump’s side in a dispute with GOP leaders. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports, “As Congress struggles to move fast on a Trump agenda, Republicans are throwing their support behind the new president over House and Senate leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a new survey.

“Pew Research Center, in a preview of the public's feelings days before President Trump gives his first official address to Congress, found that 52 percent of Republicans would back Trump over Republican congressional leaders if they disagree on an issue.”

34 percent would side with Ryan and Mitch McConnell. I’m surprised it’s that high.

For their part, the “loyal opposition” Democrats will likely sit on their hands most of the time when Trump speaks. I can’t imagine Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer doing much applauding; it would look bad to their voting and donor constituencies if it appears the leaders are not “resisting” enough, even during a presidential address to Congress.

Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned their chairs around in protest.

Democrats are also carefully planning who they invite to attend Trump’s speech, with some suggesting there will be refugees and former illegal aliens in the chamber to add emphasis to their constant whining that Trump is an uncaring tyrant and his common sense policies are inhumane.

Depending on which network feed you watch I’m guessing these folks will receive a fair amount of TV face time, especially when Trump discusses national security and immigration.

That’s what the Democrats are all about – putting on a good show – but one also wonders if they’ll bring in some “plants” who will verbally interrupt the speech. Liberals would see it as the ultimate forum to do something dramatic and the camera shots of security removing a protester from the “people’s house” would grace many a Democrat fundraising campaign.

Time will tell. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday night will certainly be one to remember. Here's thinking he’ll hit it out of the park.

Donald Trump’s management style encourages people to express their views

During President Donald Trump’s first five weeks in office it’s safe to say many portraits of his presidential personality have emerged.

First there were reports the “turmoil” inside the White House was causing him to be testy and irritable.

Then there were stories about how the size and magnitude of the job surprised him, leaving Trump “frustrated” and angry. The media wanted people to think the first-time politician is in over his head, a theme they’ve pushed since the earliest days of his campaign.

Others depicted Trump as energized by the constant demands of the office. As a man who enjoys being busy and doesn’t care much for vacations or time off, Trump appears to thrive on the bustle around him. During last week’s press conference, for example, Trump even described himself as “having a good time.” From what I’ve seen, there’s no reason not to believe him.

Trump’s carefree demeanor is very much reflected in his management style, which is said to be relatively unique to his presidency. Perhaps because of it, Trump favors an “open door” policy.

Annie Karni of Politico reports, “There’s no formal list of who is allowed in—or who is to be kept out. But many of the aides with free access frequently talk about it as a way of signaling influence with their boss.

“A White House official declined to comment on the record but said: ‘The president likes to be accessible, including with his staff, and will continue that.’

“Trump, famously, has said his team has no formal chain of command. But his loose approach means no single person in the White House controls the flow of information into the Oval Office.”

Saturday Night Live will probably have a field day with this report, maybe even showing Steve Bannon dressed again as the grim reaper floating in and out of the Oval Office. I hope I didn’t give them any ideas…

There are limits to access, of course. It’s not like the White House cleaning staff can be found at any time sitting around Trump’s desk chatting up their kids’ most recent sports accomplishment.

But there’s little doubt Trump enjoys the back-and-forth of meeting with and listening to people he knows well and trusts to give him sound counsel. Karni’s article rattles off an impressive list of staff that supposedly needs no formal appointment to go in and talk with him. It’s hard to imagine.

Thinking about it, does Trump’s office behavior sound like someone who’s supposedly (according to his enemies) nasty, eternally suspicious of others and dictatorial? Hardly.

In contrast to Trump, Obama purportedly wasn’t fond of spontaneous visitors and kept a tight lock on who got in to see him. With the amount of bad news swirling around Washington during those eight years, I’m not surprised. Congressmen from both parties have often mentioned how aloof Obama was personally – I believe it.

Every president is different. George W. Bush evidently had a small circle of people who could drop in without notice, while Abraham Lincoln was famous for making time to meet with just about anyone who wanted to see him. It all depends on the personal style of the president.

It seems clear President Trump will keep the door open as long as it proves manageable to him. One wonders if the same goes for those in the media.

Democrats dredge up Anita Hill to dis on Trump for being anti-woman

If there’s one thing that can definitely be said for liberals, it’s they never change or evolve. A case in point is Justice Clarence Thomas’ accuser Anita Hill whose name was back in the news recently for criticizing our new president as well as demonstrating that she’s well versed in politically correct affirmative action policing tactics and terminology.

Judy Kurtz of The Hill reports, “Anita Hill says it’s ‘a difficult time to be a woman in this country’ under President Trump, and pushes in a new op-ed for Hollywood to open its doors to more females.

“’We just elected as president a man whose actions range from shocking disregard for women to brazen attacks on them. The number of women in Donald Trump’s cabinet is appallingly anemic,’ Hill writes in Variety…

“Saying there’s a ‘stunning lack of female representation in the most influential behind-the-scenes categories’ at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Hill, 60, notes that, ‘None of this year’s nominees for best director are female, and of the 10 nominees for writing, nine are men.’”

Do women not write? Do women not direct? Come on, Hollywood! After eight years of Obama (and eight years of Bill Clinton since Hill became a household name in the early 90’s) those numbers should be more representative. Half should be lesbians, another quarter should be Muslim homosexuals and at least one should be a transgender who has gone through a complete medical transformation. At least seven of them should be non-white. Make that eight.

In essence, isn’t Hill all but admitting Obama and Clinton failed at creating more “diversity”?

Hill’s dark liberal point-of-view is expected from someone whose only claim to notoriety came because she ruthlessly slandered a fellow person of color over a host of charges that NO ONE could prove or even substantiate. At the same time she’s likely made millions for selling her “story” (turned into a book and a movie) and from delivering paid speeches to conservative-hating groups around the world.

Why not drag the reputation of an accomplished black man through the dirt so some day you can write op-eds in liberal magazines criticizing Donald Trump and your homeboys in Hollywood?

Way to go, Anita!

Contrast Hill’s “the world oppresses women” attitude with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s views on the subject of feminism. Conway appeared at CPAC yesterday and offered a more reasonable perspective on what the movement is really all about.

Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner reports, “White House counselor Kellyanne Conway delivered a scathing critique of the contemporary feminist movement during remarks Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

“’It seems to be very anti-male and it's certainly very pro-abortion,’ Conway, a devout Catholic, said during a one-on-one interview with Washington Times columnist Mercedes Schlapp.

“’It turns out a lot of women just have a problem with women in power,’ Conway said, referring to the Women's March that drew thousands of anti-Trump protesters to Washington. ‘This presumptive negativity about women and power, I think, is very unfortunate.’”

Yes indeed, unfortunate is a good word for it. Feminists can’t stand Conway because she doesn’t repeat their talking points about the way Donald Trump treats women or what his presidency means for women’s opportunities.

The battle for public opinion rages on; one only hopes the truth will eventually win out.

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