Alfie Kohn’s description of Donald Trump as a narcissistic, boasting, lying, preening, swaggering, thin-skinned, petulant, desperately competitive, vindictive person with the “attention span of a toddler” who is lacking in “shame, humility, empathy, or capacity for reflection and self-scrutiny” and also “lacking not only in knowledge but in curiosity” was, I thought, a pretty succinct and accurate description.
I have no inside knowledge of what it is like being the president of the US but almost all jobs have a large amount of boring work that needs to be done and I cannot imagine the presidency is any different. Just making sure that things are running smoothly requires an attention to detail, reading reports, and having meetings about the mechanics of government, and these are not exciting.
There will come a time when the rush of being president wears off and people stop paying much attention to Trump on a daily basis. Even outrageous tweets and other forms of attention seeking can become old and cease to garner much attention. But toddlers don’t handle boredom well. So what will happen when Trump eventually becomes bored with the job of being president?
The mind reels at the possibilities of what he might try to do to draw attention to himself again.