Putting aside Donald Trump’s opinions and lifestyle, the judgment he shows running his TV show “The Apprentice” is quite astute. In the boardroom, he shows a shrewd, equivocal ability to measure a person’s strengths and weaknesses as demonstrated in the weekly tasks teams are assigned to perform.
Here is a rendering of how I imagine Trump would evaluate Barack Obama’s performance leading his team over the last four years:
TRUMP TO OBAMA:
“You came here talking a powerful message. People believed in you – you sold them a message about having the courage to hope for change. You presented yourself as someone who had strong visions of some kind of new, better America. You talked a lot about courage and vision yet, once you became leader, instead of executing on any of your promises – or even legitimately attempting to execute on any of them -- you embarked on a strategy of taking as little action as possible so as not to offend anyone.
The Fabian Strategy – “Run away rather than engage in battle”
‘From what I saw, you never engaged any negotiating or persuading skills. You never drew any lines in the sand. Over and over, you caved. You never fought for – anything. You sat back and waited for Congress to come up with ideas. From your campaign of change, you switched to a well-played Fabian Strategy of duck and cover.
‘Here’s how my buddy Jack Donaghy explains the Fabian Strategy on an episode of the TV show “30 Rock”:
"The Fabian strategy is based on the Roman General Quintus Fabius Maximus. He ran away rather than engage in battle. He would retreat and retreat until the enemy grew fatigued and eventually made a mistake. I abhor it as a military strategy, but it’s the basis of all my personal relationships" – Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, on “30 Rock”
‘Rather than attempt to lead your team in pursuit of those grandiose promises, like Fabian, you retreated every time. Your opponents sensed your weakness immediately and they walked all over you. And while your supporters and the liberal media blame your weakness on the Republicans, I see it differently.
You weren’t weak – you were duplicitous
‘You weren’t weak – you were duplicitous. You never intended to make change – from the first days as leader, your actions show your only goal was not to make waves – to secure re-election. Instead of leading your team, you abandoned them for your personal gains. And the only thing I hate worse than a weak man is a man who doesn’t stand behind his word.
Re-election, re-election, re-election
‘Let’s review your actions:
1. No prosecution of supposed Bush crimes - When you took office, you had a rare opportunity to have the courage of your convictions and bring the Bush Administration to justice for all of those evils you liberals claimed he committed. You really blew that. Your liberal base would have eaten it up. But you went mute once you actually had the power to prosecute and investigate all of those supposed crimes. Didn’t you say he’d trashed the Constitution? Didn’t you natter on about how the U.S. shouldn’t torture terrorists? Well – what did you do about it? Nothing.
‘You were handed a majority in both houses of Congress and a monumental chance to draw a line from Bush, the man whose ideas you vanquished. Did you ever prosecute anyone from the Bush Administration? And four years later, even the ultra-liberal Fran Lebowitz says the Obama Administration is little distinguishable from the Bush Administration. The squander of all squanders – for what? Not to offend the Republicans? Are you a sissy? They went after Clinton like white on rice – do you not have any cajones?
2. You appointed Eric Holder as Attorney General - I will never understand why the liberal media never did any investigative reporting on Holder. The man epitomizes the old boy corporate lawyer. Yes, he’s black, but let’s face it – he’s the male version of Condi Rice. He has a reputation as a minority who found his way in a white man’s world by avoiding any appearance of helping other blacks.
‘Corporate lawyers are congenitally incapable of making radical decisions –you know that and I know that. You’re a lucky skunk that the media never challenged your intentions with Holder, but I know this meant you never intended a “hopey changey” Justice Department. You signaled to the powers that be that you would not be making any waves, and you used a black man to do it – brilliant for you, bad for your team of voters.
3. You cozied up to Wall Street & the bankers – You told your team you were going to “raise the masses” or some nonsense like that. Now, we all know Wall Street succeeds by exploiting the masses. Yet, you brought in a Wall Street gang to clean up Wall Street – again, amazingly, the liberal media gave you a free pass for that. The Nation saw through it – they said you rebuilt Wall Street instead of reforming it – but they’re left-wing pinkos, and you’d expect that. But I saw through it – it could only mean re-election. Or securing your post-presidential possibilities – but not a move for a man who promised to “raise the masses” – your words, not mine.
‘It would have been fun to see you liberals – are you actually a liberal anyway? -- at least try to rework the financial system. It was almost like you were trying to be Bill Clinton, and hang out with the cool kids up in Manhattan – but Clinton pulled it off; on you, let’s face it – it looked craven.