October 20th, 2017

Today, in talking with one of my students I shared a personal idea about President Donald John Trump for which I have absolutely no evidence. My thought, not unique to me [see update below], I know, is that Trump’s whole reason for becoming president was so that he could get even with President Barack Hussein Obama for the 2011 Correspondent’s dinner by erasing every aspect of Obama’s presidency.

[Update @ 1406 on 21 October: I finished reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy. On page 343-4 he writes:

It almost seems that the fact of Obama, the fact of a black president, insulted Trump personally. The insult redoubled when Obama and Seth Meyers publicly humiliated Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011. But the bloody heirloom ensures the last laugh. Replacing Obama is not enough—Trump has made the negation of Obama’s legacy the foundation of his own.]

You don’t think Trump could be that petty? Please…

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