Presidency is not a reality show

Googling the words “President Trump” on a recent morning resulted in such headline gems as predictions of what happens to the market if “the Trump train derails, “or how the president “could gut America’s consumer watchdog” (both from CNBC), or how Trump playing the role of president could be “boosting his brand’s reputation” (courtesy of NPR), or “President Trump reveals how much sleep he actually gets” (AOL).

Trump is generating enough news in the real world to leave the features for some later, slower — if that ever happens again — time.

Because during the past few days, the Trump, or the Trump government or the GOP-led legislators on a Trump honeymoon, have approved a controversial education secretary, seen the Senate use a rule to silence critics of Senators named as cabinet nominees, fought to preserve it’s badly enacted even if well-intentioned travel ban, seek input from industry for future EPA activities, criticized the national media for failing to report terrorist attacks (even after it was pointed out that the attacks were reported), hung up on the Australian prime minister and buddied up some more with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Those are just some of the actual governing issues facing the Amerian people before hearing silly personality stories, dire predictions about the future or stories about couples splitting up after decades of marriage over Trump.

That last one came from Breitbart, the website whose name conjures college riots and nationalist insiders in the administration. Perhaps the Trump administration’s governing style is to keep so much flowing for so long that people simply cannot keep up, cannot recognize the significant amid all the noise, or simply will check out.

We advise paying attention and recognizing the presidency. No matter how much the lightweight news stories and dire prediction types treat it as such, is not just some reality show.

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