This is really interesting — Donald Trump‘s own predecessors have seen fit to include a very specific word in their Inauguration Day speeches that The Donald left out.
In a scathing op/ed for the New York Times that’s available online now, and will be in print in Sunday’s edition of the paper, Frank Bruni rips apart Trump’s Inauguration Day event and start of his Presidency.
But Bruni goes beyond the regular takedown of Trump, and blasts the President for failing to use one very specific word in his speech.
And yes, it’s a word employed by both Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
But Trump? Nah!
Here’s Bruni on the word itself, and why it’s important that Trump didn’t use it:
“The word popped up in the opening sentence of Barack Obama’s first Inaugural Address and in the opening paragraphs of George W. Bush’s.
‘Humbled,’ each man said of himself, and while it was pure clich├â┬⌐, it was also what we wanted and needed: a sign, no matter how rote, that even someone self-assured enough to pursue the presidency was taking the measure of that responsibility and asking if he was worthy of it.
Does that question cross Donald Trump’s mind?
I don’t think so. I certainly didn’t get that sense from his inaugural remarks, and not just because “humbled” went missing. As he stood just feet from four of the last six presidents, he trashed them, talking about a Washington establishment blind and deaf to the struggles of less fortunate Americans.”
The word ‘humbled,’ like Bruni argues, is pretty overused and in many cases a meaningless platitude… but the fact that Trump can’t even bring himself to use it in that way is telling.
Bruni’s entire takedown of Trump is really quite a thing to behold — read it HERE — but some portions in particular are especially cutting and critical!
Here’s the author on Trump’s narrow electoral college win, and what the speech (and victory) says about the man’s presidency:
“It was a dark speech, bemoaning “this American carnage” of gangs and drugs. It was a mean speech, insulting every one of his new colleagues by describing politicians as “all talk and no action ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.”
But mostly it was a flat speech, bereft of the poetry that this tense juncture called for. He used pared-down language, simple sentences and a sluggish delivery, as if he were reading to children. Call it the “Goodnight Moon” of Inaugural Addresses.
He does as he pleases, expectations be damned, and indeed the most striking aspect of Trump’s transition was an absence of humility. Although he owed his Electoral College win to just 77,000 votes in three states, and it was clouded by questions about James Comey and the Russians, he didn’t bother much with outreach to adversaries or appeals for unity.”
And this conclusion is STRAIGHT. FIRE.
“What does that bode for the coming months? We’ve seen hints in the past ones. Under fire, Trump rages, rails and frequently doubles down on his convictions and even his fictions. He rearranges reality to suit his self-regard, flinging accusations of “rigged” surveys and “fake news.”
A humbler man would doubt himself, extend an olive branch to his enemies, contemplate a middle ground. But then a humbler man wouldn’t have come down that escalator at Trump Tower and proceed to say what Trump said and do what he did. As I watched him flourish, I watched humility die. On Friday, our 45th president said its last rites.”
Can’t argue with that — we can only mourn the death of humility and self-awareness. Let’s hope our country isn’t next.