The passing of President George H.W. Bush has captured the national attention all week, as Americans reflect on his life and legacy, both good and ill, that he’s left in his wake. It has also, with some notable interruptions, given the country a rare, momentary reprieve from discussing Donald Trump.
Now, it turns out that the current president was less than pleased to see the limelight swing from himself to one of his far more accomplished predecessors, even if it’s just for a few days.
The New York Times reports that our infamously egomaniacal president has been “snappish” with those in his inner circle this week, at least partially because he’s jealous that all the coverage around the late Bush and the ceremonial events dedicated to his memory have nothing to do with Trump. It’s hardly a surprising revelation given what we know about his nigh-unfathomable narcissism, but it is another glimpse at his unguarded, putrid soul.
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Trump’s petulance over having to focus on someone other than himself for once could perhaps explain the strange moment during Bush’s funeral yesterday when both Donald and Melania Trump refused to join in with the other First Couples to say the Apostles’ Creed. It was interpreted by some as a deliberate show of disrespect on the part of the Trumps.
This is your "Christian" evangelical president. pic.twitter.com/u0478FoSyR
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 5, 2018
Administration officials also told The New York Times that Trump was “impatient” during the memorial services but later said that he was proud that he managed to remain “civil” even while sitting in a row filled with his most prominent political enemies.
This last tidbit is frankly laughable. The President of the United States feels like he has accomplished something because he managed to not act like a rabid dog at a state funeral. He is a 72-year-old man, he doesn’t get credit for not soiling himself in church like a newborn.
As for the attention he so desperately craves, Trump will soon have it once again. And when Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally unveils the findings of his Russia investigation, the president might end up wishing nobody knew who he was in the first place.