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A president underestimated from Day One

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It’s President Trump.

At 8 am Alaska time, The Donald became the most underestimated president in modern times. Even the parade this afternoon is sparsely attended, compared to the past few presidential parades.

Sometimes it’s nice to be underestimated. Half of the public doesn’t seem to expect much of Donald J. Trump. Maybe that’s going to work to his benefit.

By comparison, Barack Obama had been practically anointed as the Inevitable One, a process that started with his stunningly “on-message” keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention back in July of 2004, four years before he ran for the presidency.

If anything, the quite effective orator Obama had been overestimated, which led to the deep disappointment that many Americans felt during his presidency. As it turned out, he was not a unifier. He divided the nation bitterly.

Not Trump. His was an uphill battle all the way to the late hours of Election Night, 2016. He’s never been one to be “on message.” Half of his supporters cringed even while they backed him, because he is not a man used to crafting every turn of a phrase. He is not, as is evident, politically correct enough for half of the voters. Those who voted for Hillary are not coming over. Ever.

Trump fought this battle alone much of his journey to the White House. He had to clear a crowded field of usual suspects. He did so with a blustery and blistering style that scared many mainstream Republicans, who were convinced he was the one candidate who could not win against Hillary Clinton. They, too, underestimated him.

Eighteen months ago, the media could barely contain its disdain when Trump announced his candidacy. They thought it was a joke. From the outset, they made a winking sport of their coverage, using dismissive phrases and code language. One could almost see them laughing into their sleeves.

A reporter in 2015 asked him: “You are not a nice person. How are you going to get people to vote for you?”

Trump’s answer was “I think I’m nice…But I think people want competence.”

(Watch Trump’s speech announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015).

That very day of his announced candidacy, the spokeswoman for the Democratic Party, Holly Schulman, poked fun at the entire Republican field: “Today, Donald Trump became the second major Republican candidate to announce for president in two days. He adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward to hearing more about his ideas for the nation.”

The Democrats were pulling for him back then. They didn’t think he had a chance against Mrs. Clinton. He was the Democratic establishment’s favorite candidate.

Dismissed by the liberal intelligentsia, and hammered by the media as temperamentally unequipped to lead the nation, Trump motored on, tweeted on, and never once apologized for who he is.

Today, Trump’s  inaugural address mirrored the remarks he made back on June 16, 2015.

He did not try to mend fences with the liberal establishment. He didn’t turn and throw a single compliment to his predecessor, but doubled down on his “take back our country” populist message.

It was the speech of a fighter who, for all his theatrics, is remarkably consistent in the platform that he ran on: American jobs, American schools, Americans’ safety and national security come first for him.

No more than one half hour after he became president, his Administration began to unwind some of 11th-hour moves of the Obama Administration:

He suspended a Department of Housing and Urban Development rule that Obama approved on Jan. 9, which lowered charges for borrows on risky mortgages backed by the the Federal Housing Administration. Conservatives have held that moving mortgage risk to the federal government and away from the private sector is bad policy; the federal government should not take over what the private sector should be doing.

 CONFIRMATIONS BEGIN: In the U.S. Senate, lawmakers are expected to take up the confirmation votes for two of Trump’s cabinet as early as today:
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Trump’s nominee for Defense secretary, and retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the president’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security are the first to be voted on.
Those two confirmation votes may be presided over by U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Alaska, who is also a Marine.
RIOTERS AND PROTESTERS: A mass hysteria took hold among Trump opponents over the recent weeks since the election. The public grieving has devolved into violence as today, hundreds of lawless rioters are costing the nation millions of dollars as they break windows, start fights, and leave at least a few Trump supporters bloodied in the nation’s capital.
Tomorrow, women protestors take to the streets across the nation to express their displeasure with the president.
As they do so, Americans will watch football, attend basketball practices, go to work, pay bills, visit friends, and gather around the dinner tables of America from Nome to Nantucket.
In short, we will carry on with our lives, expressing love for family, love for country, and love for freedom that was expressed by this, the Most Underestimated president we have known.
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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • On point!

    Let the snowflakes continue to meltdown into the dustbin of once-again failed Leftist policies of history.

    Over and over this same crowd of inside the box, Group-Think-Myopic-Globalists, fails and fails.

    Their policies are founded on lies, corruption, elitist greed and social division. Venezuala, EU, Cuba, North Korea and more. Example after example.

    Now it’s time for the era of MAGA!

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