The community organizer created nothing that will last, except the destruction of large chunks of the Middle East thanks to his naive policies and his believe that America is not a force of good in the world.
Lasting legacy is Obamacare? Hah! As if.
Going down like the Titanic.
The world is a much more parlous place because of Obama’s legacy. He entered office on an Alinskyite power trip, wanting to completely transform America. He failed at that, thank goodness, but he did succeed in weakening this great nation.
If Barack Obama knew how to slink, he would slink out of the Oval Office and completely offstage, bowed and beaten by his record of scandal and failure, as much or even more of a pariah among an American majority than Jimmy Carter was in the early 1980s.
Instead, he’ll try to stick around as a constant presence, lecturing us and hectoring us and insisting that we don’t live up to his exacting standards.
The best thing we can do is ignore him — and go about our business of rebuilding, purposely oblivious to his irrelevant fulminations.So what are we getting?
One of the most successful, if flamboyant, CEOs in America. Donald Trump took a business based on Coney Island and worth maybe $100 million in today's dollars, and transfered it into an international conglomerate headquartered on Fifth Avenue.
Trump built his empire on personality and competence. The personality speaks for itself. But do not confuse his TV character for him. He demanded the latter from himself as well as others. That his Cabinet members disagree with him is designed that way. No echo chamber for him.
Which gets to his education. You start with the Fred Trump School of Hard Knocks.
At 18, Fred Trump entered the real estate business. But he was too young to sign legal documents. So he and his mom set up Elizabeth Trump & Son.
The name stayed unchanged until he turned it over to his own son in 1971. Fred was 66, Donald 25.
Donald had apprenticed with his father every summer, collecting rents, working construction, learning the art of the deal. Looking back, that has to be one of the happiest times of his life.
However, Donald Trump also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business -- which is rarer than a Harvard MBA.
Often overlooked is President Trump's high school education -- at New York Military Academy. He was the smartest, most athletic, and best leader in his class. His good looks and charm helped him bring the hottest and richest girls to the dances at the academy. Of course his classmates elected him as captain of the Class of 1964. That was the highest office in the class.
Which brings us to Sun Tzu, the most legendary military leader among the intellectuals.
Eric Jackson of Forbes wrote down his 10 favorite quotes from Sun Tzu:
- A leader leads by example, not by force.
- You have to believe in yourself.
- Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
- If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
- The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.
- If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.
- Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
- To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
- Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Apply them to President Trump's actions, and you will understand them better.
No. 4 explains well his election strategy.
No. 7 explains his workhorse hours and ability to do more in a day at age 70 than lazy Alinsky does in a week.
No. 10 explains meeting with Al Gore and the rest.
But No. 8 explains his speech on June 16, 2015, when he entered the race. He knew he had it won. Not just the nomination, but the presidency.
Along the way, he may have had his doubts. I do not know. But I do know he knew he could beat her.
Tomorrow, a new era begins in America -- one that could (and should) set the course for another American Century, one that is better than the century that took us from the First Flight in 1903 to the moon in 1969.
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It covers the nomination process only. The general election will be covered in a sequel, "Trump the Establishment."
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