1349 days left in the Donald Trump’s first term

From the Boundless Reservoir — May 11, 2017

Hello all.

I decline to allow myself to get so angry that I lose sight of what is really beautiful, what is breathtaking. Last night, Kirsten and I went to a performance of the SF Symphony and, among other pieces on the program, they performed Debussy’s La Mer. I was transported and profoundly moved. At one point, near the end of the first movement, I held my chest as I had the experience of expanding beyond myself. Are you taking care of yourself? Are you giving yourself opportunities to be connected to that which is timeless and eternal, and beautiful beyond measure? Tonight, Chester was here and we worked on Autumn Leaves, My Favorite Things and Satin Doll, he on his alto sax, me on the piano. It is starting to sound like music! The jazz café at the Hill house will happen at some point in August.

With that in the background, whatever it is that moves and connects you, I am simply astounded by what is happening, and if the implications and potential consequences weren’t so sobering, I would simply laugh. I mean, really — who fires someone and lets them find out on television they’ve been fired, let alone that it happened while he was giving a talk to the agency he was accountable for. What sort of person does that? I am clearer than I have ever been that he is a child in a man’s body. Today, he re-ignited his twitter feud with Rosie O’Donnell. For god’s sake, he’s the president! Doesn’t he have better things to do and be attending to than sending off these sort of communications? Can you imagine Obama doing anything like that? Or George Bush, or Reagan, or Clinton or Eisenhower, or Truman or Roosevelt? (Nixon comes to mind as someone who might act as childish.) In my view, he has no dignity, no regard for the office he holds, no sense of what he is accountable for and more importantly, who he is accountable to. He is president for Rosie O’Donnell, whether he likes it or not. He is president for all of us, not just for those that voted for him.

Today, I read the transcript of a longish interview he gave to the British periodical, The Economist. I invite you to read it — a link is attached. It is a rambling interview, during much of which he doesn’t answer the interviewer’s questions. When all is said and done, what he actually says is, from my view, of extraordinarily little or any coherence. Here is a sample:

The Economist: Mr. President, can I just try you on a deal-making question? If you do need Democratic support for your tax plan, your ideal tax plan, and the price of that the Democrats say is for you to release your tax returns, would you do that?

TRUMP: I don’t know. That’s a very interesting question. I doubt it. I doubt it. Because they’re not going to…nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters. Oh, at some point I’ll release them.

Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them actually. I did a good job…. I might release them after I’m out of office.

He occurs for me as someone who is just making it up as he goes, and has the arrogance and lack of self-insight to think he can get away with running the country this way. What I’ve said, and will continue to say, is that I think it’s important that we’re clear about who we’re dealing with. I sometimes wonder if Facebook had been around back in 2001 when GWB was president, would I have taken on a project like this — and, I keep coming back to that I don’t think so. I think GWB did a terrible job as our president, but I think at the core of it, he was (and still is) a good, decent man that was in way over his head. I don’t think that of Trump — I don’t think he is a good, decent man.

A few things of interest to me:

- A small win for the “good guys” (that would be us). The Senate voted to keep in place an Obama era regulation on methane gas. Three Republican senators “crossed the aisle” to vote with the Democrats to keep this in place — Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain from Arizona and Lindsay Graham from South Carolina (I’m really liking this guy)! I think we need to celebrate every win we can get.

- An interesting article in Bloomberg News about California and how strong the economy is here — and how Jerry Brown (I just love Jerry Brown, in case you’re wondering) keeps doing things in spite of Trump, and the state seems to keep winning. The article is attached. Go California!

- More science dismissals. There seems to be no regard or interest in science by this administration. One of the people summarily excused was the apparently eminently-qualified woman in charge of bio-security from the science side of it. Really? The article from the Atlantic is attached.

- Last, I just had to include this quote from Orrin Hatch — from my perspective one of the least likeable people in the Senate (almost on par for me as Mitch McConnell). He said this about the health care bill and people getting health care by virtue of the ACA: “Let’s face it, once you get them on the dole, they’ll take every dime they can,” he said. “We’ve got to find some way of getting things under control or this country and your future is going to be gone.” WOW!

There you go. Be good. Express your love to someone. Get yourself grounded (feel the ground under your feet). Be kind — even to those people who drive like lunatics. I’ll see you later!