A Second Proper Presidential Farewell and Send-Off

 

President Trump has twice now given a formal farewell to a senior member of his administration. You will recall the White House farewell for Ambassador Nikki Haley. On Friday, President Trump held another side-by-side sit-down farewell and exit interview. This time it was Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.

The Linda McMahon ceremony was held at Mar-a-Lago. As with Ambassador Haley, Administrator McMahon sat side-by-side with President Trump. Instead of two chairs, they both sat on a couch, the upholstery in both settings being similar.

The President praised Linda McMahon and indicated she was leaving her post to take up a role in “the reelection.” He then conducted a sort of exit interview in front of the cameras, starting out “I’d like to know what has been your highlight, and what are some of the great things you’ve done, just so they all know [gestured to the press camaras], so that we can put it right on the record [smiles into the press camaras].” Linda McMahon, like Nikki Haley, was warmly appreciative of the opportunity to serve and proud of her service.

It is worth considering this event for at least two narratives. First, we are told of President Trump’s ill-mannered, ungracious casting aside of good and powerful men. The president, we are told time and again, does not know or care how to properly part with senior staff. Clearly, this is not entirely true, as we have seen two very gracious farewells.

Second, what do both of these gracious farewells have in common? The most obvious commonality is both honorees were women. But wait, we have been told repeatedly that Donald Trump has always been a boor with women. How can it be, that of all the great and powerful men who have served in his administration, the only members to be formally honored were two women? Perhaps there is a great deal more to the story than the media narrative.

Naturally, the media, in the room, wanted nothing to do with the story in front of them. Not one question was asked of or about Administrator McMahon. The pro forma real reporter question came out first: “Can you tell us who [will be your SBA Administrator nominee]?” From there, it was all hostile questions.

The president was comfortable and strong in all his answers. He gave them six minutes to prove his point, made at the very beginning when he invited Administrator McMahon to tell of her accomplishments “so [the press] all know… put it right on the record.” Truth Cries Out but is stifled and distorted by the media.

McMahon smiled calmly through it. The president, having let the press reinforce his long-term theme (#fakenews), wrapped up the ceremony. He turned back to the Administrator, thanked her profusely, emphasized this was how to send off someone who had done a great job (see the Ambassador Haley video linked above). President Trump pointed out the great jobs situation, good signs in the election battleground states and the importance of sustaining the economic “miracle” by winning the 2020 election.

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  1. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret
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    Sad that it is Trump who is tarnished by the press for his “lacking” send offs with dignity.

    Especially given that Hillary’s send off regarding Ambassador Stevens murder in the embassy ended up being “What difference does it make?”

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  2. Blondie Thatcher
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    @Blondie

    North Carolina strong! The press will see what they want to see. Minorities are only useful when they are on the left. You will never win them over so no need in trying. Just keep on keeping on and win over the regular folk. 

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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Blondie (View Comment):

    North Carolina strong! The press will see what they want to see. Minorities are only useful when they are on the left. You will never win them over so no need in trying. Just keep on keeping on and win over the regular folk.

    Not sure who “the regular folk” are to you, nor how this OP prompted that response. What I do know is that President Trump is emphatically for all Americans doing well. He pounds on that point daily. Instead of the long term losing Karl Rove strategy of carefully targeting just the voters you want to turn out, we have a president who wants every voter to vote for him. That makes the Democrats’ presidential campaign much tougher.

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  4. JoelB Member
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    It’s good to see that the President has a top-notch person working on his next campaign.

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  5. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Blondie (View Comment):

    North Carolina strong! The press will see what they want to see. Minorities are only useful when they are on the left. You will never win them over so no need in trying. Just keep on keeping on and win over the regular folk.

    Not sure who “the regular folk” are to you, nor how this OP prompted that response. What I do know is that President Trump is emphatically for all Americans doing well. He pounds on that point daily. Instead of the long term losing Karl Rove strategy of carefully targeting just the voters you want to turn out, we have a president who wants every voter to vote for him. That makes the Democrats’ presidential campaign much tougher.

    Regular folk meaning anybody not in the press or progressive. We are in agreement here. Rove’s strategy of not responding to criticism was a loser, too. 

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  6. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    JoelB (View Comment):

    It’s good to see that the President has a top-notch person working on his next campaign.

    Yes, this shows recognition that he cannot simply re-run the last campaign, that he has changed the environment and must run for the emerging electorate (which is not quite what the Democrats were styling the new electorate). 

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  7. Sweezle Member
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    Nikki Haley and Linda McMahon are both terrific examples of topnotch Trump picks. 

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Sweezle (View Comment):

    Nikki Haley and Linda McMahon are both terrific examples of topnotch Trump picks.

    It seems to me that Nikki Haley’s new organization, policy enterprise, is designed to help her flesh out a national level domestic agenda. Perhaps, providesd President Trump wins reelection, she will then come back as Secretary of State, or if the president has a bold urban renewal/opportunity agenda, a sort of HUD Secretary with extra portfolios.

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