They say the office makes the man, meaning that anyone who sits in the Oval Office will inevitably take on the aura of a commander in chief and the leader of the free world. 500 days into into the Trump presidency, and we’re still waiting for the inevitability to take hold for the 45th POTUS.
President Trump’s minions in the right wing media blame reporters and the “Deep State” for running a deliberate campaign to deny him the legitimacy he deserves. But the president’s biggest obstacle to acceptance and legitimacy is his own bumbling incompetence.
Every time he has a chance to do something presidential, like give a speech, or engage the media, or even grant an interview with a friendly news network, he inevitably slips on his own banana peel.
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Even something as staged and simple as a tweet – something you’d think he’d be good at by now – can go wildly off the rails. Late Friday, he did it again. In just his latest covfefe- level gaffe, the president managed to screw-up a Twitter tribute to a fallen soldier with an embarrassing spelling error.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed,” his tweet began. So far so good. Too bad he didn’t stop there. He just had to add the line “and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES.”
Somolia? Really? The President of the United States couldn’t take a second to confirm the spelling of Somalia, a strategic African nation? And no one on his staff managed to catch it even after the fact and implored him to fix it? Perhaps shit hole nations don’t deserve to be spellchecked.
When a private citizen makes a fool of himself for the whole world to see, he’s an embarrassment to himself and those who enable him. When a president does it, he embarrasses us all.
This story was published an hour after the tweet posted, and still the error hadn’t been corrected. In the off chance that they do get around to it, here’s a screen shot for digital posterity.