“I’m President and You’re Not.”

“I’m President and you’re not,” Donald Trump said to a reporter from Time magazine today, as evidence that his presidency was going just fine, thank you very much. I’m president, therefore I must be doing a bang up job.
I’m not sure if that’s circular logic, begging the question, or just your basic, run of the mill, garden variety non -sequitur, but it’s sure as hell a logical fallacy of some sort, because it makes no damned sense at all.
First, there are approximately 300,000,000 Americans. Trump just said that none of us are fit to question him, because he’s President and we’re not. Neil de Grasse Tyson and Bill Nye are not President. Bob Dylan is not President. Oprah Winfrey is not President. Bernie Sanders, to Americas eternal discredit, is not President. Therefore Trump must be a better President than any of them could possibly be, because he is President.
American history is full of examples of Presidents who were terrible Presidents. Bush (both of them, actually. Senior usually gets a pass because Junior was such a ginormous bundle of alcoholic suck, but he’s the one who started all the Iraq shit), Reagan, Nixon, Johnson (yadda, yadda, yadda, EPA and Civil rights notwithstanding, the Viet Nam war killed a shitload of people and was the defining issue of those times), Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Buchanan, and plenty of people would add their own favorites to this list, but it just goes to prove: being President does not make you a good President.
There are millions and millions, probably billions of people in this world who are doing a job which they are not the absolute best in the world at. Look at me. I’m obviously not the greatest writer in the world, but I would never say, to anybody, “I’m a writer, and you’re not.”
I think that for Trump (and, in this aspect, I think Hillary was exactly the same) the important thing was becoming President, that was the ultimate goal, and he’s not overly concerned with whether anybody thinks he’s a good President or not.
Which is fortunate for Donald Trump. Because he’s not.


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