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How many days till trump is sent to a corner to pout?
Before I go off to pop the cork and we start celebrating over here, I leave us all with a thought from Edmund Burke:
"Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to any thing but power for their relief."
All the little things: It would be useful to the country if the Trumps would adhere to at least some of the traditions around the impending inauguration of a different president, for instance the one where the spouse of an incumbent President invites the spouse of a President-Elect to the White House for tea and a tour of the private quarters.
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Two things that struck me, having read a few tweets on Twitter.
The first was - this afternoon - featured a lovely tweet of President-Elect Biden with his spouse - both dressed comfortably and casually, relaxed, enjoying the occasion and the chance to share it with one another, both genuinely grinning - the pair holding up a sign together which had (originally) read "Dr and Vice-President Biden live here", but Dr Jill Biden's hand deliberately covered the word "Vice", so that the sign now reads "Dr and President Biden live here".
And yes, you can see - in the shot and in the way it is framed - that this is a partnership, between two adults who have chosen one another.
The second, arising from that - and in response to an observation someone made on Twitter: Has anyone ever seen a shot of Mr Trump relaxed and comfortable with his family? Ever? The sort of shot you saw often with the Obamas, and sometimes, with the Clintons, and also with the Bush family?
For the egregious Mr Trump, shots of him relaxing - or, what he thinks is relaxing - are very reminiscent of the body language of a bully who happens to be a Mafia Don, shots of him marching across a golfing green, grimly clutching an iron, entirely surrounded by a male court of fawning and servile sycophants.
I've never seen the man laugh - and I have never seen him express affection or empathy for anyone.
Last three options. He will NEVER concede.
Who knows, I can imagine him fleeing DC early or fighting to stay. This guy has a legal and financial Sword of Democles hanging over his head. Oh, and I don't see him conceding ever because the election was stolen from me!wHow many days till trump is sent to a corner to pout?