By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
Imagine, if you can, one of the more decadent Parisian hotel rooms. The service is likely exquisite, the food I imagine is beyond compare, the surroundings would leave most of us humbled and awestruck.
Now, against that backdrop, imagine the hulking, pudgy frame of an obese 72-year-old New Yorker sat on the end of the bed, furiously mashing the keys on his smartphone, tweeting out half-baked conspiracies about voter fraud or threatening to de-fund Californian authorities as they bravely struggle against horrific forest fires.
To be fair, that’s bad enough. When a world leader, so famously touted as the ‘leader of the free world’ as the president of the United States so often is, is left acting like a spoiled teenage blogger sat at home in his mum’s basement, things have gone off the rails.
Throw in the fact that he’s doing it while missing commemorative services to honour and remember the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers throughout World War One and it’s almost unforgivable.
It’s unforgivable, but it’s also a sure sign that the Trump administration has been dragged kicking and screaming, bone spurs and all, into its final moments.
How long those moments may be, it’s hard to say. It may not be that the man is impeached tomorrow or even any time in the next year, but make no mistake, the whole Donald Trump experiment has reached the inevitable point many of us envisaged so long ago.
With each passing day, the man reveals more and more his mental fragility, his narcissistic streak which knows almost no equal, his child-like approach to leadership has him desperately seeking approval from dictators and despots while engaging in petty tit-for-tat battles with allies on trade and other mundane topics.
That a few drops of rain were seemingly all it took for the commander in chief to forego the sombre commemorations comes as no surprise whatsoever. Have you ever tried to marshal a small child out of the house when they were far more content perched on the lounge playing with their phone?
The inevitable images of Barack Obama attending similar events in the rain surfaced and they surfaced quickly, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau threw just a little bit of shade at Trump when he spoke as well, but the fact of the matter is, Trump is far happier to set up camp away from the world and sulk than he would ever be putting himself out of his comfort zone and doing the right thing.
I can’t help but think he might have managed to handle getting out of the hotel if he was off to the golf course…