1. It’s Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
2. It’s the birthday of the two of the three most admired women in America: Michelle Obama and Betty White. Hillary Clinton’s birthday is in October.
3. As long as I can remember, the incoming president spent the months between his election and Jan. 20 trying to reach out to the part of the nation that didn’t vote for him.
In that way, the inauguration becomes a celebration for as much of the nation as possible, which gives the new president a launching pad for his agenda.
Obviously, it doesn’t always work. Barack Obama had a huge approval rating when he took office. He had met with his vanquished opponent, John McCain, shortly after Election Day. And with an all-star concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Aretha and Yo-Yo Ma performing at the inauguration, and Beyoncé singing “At Last” at the first dance, there was a pretty good vibe.
But Republicans were determined to stop him for accomplishing as much as he wanted – and, with the help of the financial hole his predecessor dug, they did a pretty good job of it.
Now here comes Trump. Both the CNN/ORC and Washington Post/ABC polls out this morning put his approval rating at 40%. That’s 44 points behind Obama in the 2008 CNN poll.
And the reason is simple. Trump has done nothing – absolutely nothing – in the past two months to heal the wounds he helped inflict.
He has picked a Cabinet of rogues and self-interested jerks.
He has continued to attack the media and even the woman he beat, even though she has swallowed her pride and said she will attend the inauguration as is customary for former First Ladies.
Maybe things will work in reverse. Maybe Trump will win everybody over.
Nah. That ain’t happening. This is going to be a very bumpy ride.