[Marxism] Fwd: Taibbi: Why Michael Wolff's Book Is Good News - Rolling Stone

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 7 06:29:45 MST 2018

By Matt Taibbi.

America has been here before, piloted by mentally adrift presidents. Bob 
Woodward's Veil described how the CIA had to produce movies about 
foreign leaders because Ronald Reagan couldn't take in information (like 
who the heck Hosni Mubarak was) any other way:

"Since Reagan did not read many novels but watched movies, the CIA began 
to produce profiles of leaders that could be shown to the President... 
One was of the new Egyptian President. 'SECRET NOFORN' flashed on the 
screen as the narrator began, 'This is Hosni Mubarak...'"

George W. Bush was a similar figure. He spent much of his first 
presidential campaign lugging around a biography of Dean Acheson in a 
widely derided effort to convince the press corps he read books.

Bush in office openly admitted to not reading newspapers, relaying with 
surfer-dude insouciance that instead he got briefings from people who 
did. He was genuinely proud of knowing nothing.

We survived episodes like that, and a few others. (There is a story, 
perhaps apocryphal, that James Buchanan bought a ten-gallon jug of 
whiskey every week.)

Trump by most accounts is worst of all, and the horror effect is 
enhanced by the seemingly total absence of redeeming qualities in his 
personality. But a guy who fell backwards into the presidency and has 
been too brain-hampered upon arrival to do much with the office – there 
are worse narratives.

Just remember, Trump could be cunning, focused and bursting with 
willpower, in addition to being a gross, ignorant pig. We can only hope 
that Wolff is right that he isn't both.


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