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|Posté le: Lun 26 Juin - 15:12 (2017) Sujet du message: Trump's America: The First 100 Days David Gardner
Whatever your politics, it was a crazy 100 days in the Trump White House. With previous presidents, their mindset was fiercely protected behind a wall of aides and agents designed to preserve a discreet distance between the Commander-in-Chief and the people he serves. Donald Trump’s obsession with Twitter has broken down that barrier to allow us an intriguing inside look into the head of a man coming to grips with his position as the most powerful man on the planet. Mr Trump tweeted more than 500 times from his personal account during those 100 days. That’s an average of five tweets a day. With messages as wide ranging as a warning to North Korea to behave to a jibe at Arnold Schwarzenegger for a drop in ratings on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ we were literally discovering in no more than 140 characters at a time how Mr Trump was learning how to do it as he went along. You can draw your own conclusions as to how well he did. One could argue that the early failure of the Trump administration to pass key legislation to replace Obamacare - a central platform in his election campaign - was a blow to his legitimacy. The president would suggest that confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court - to a seat that had lain empty for a year - was itself a considerable achievement and possibly with more lasting consequences. Like most things in politics, it depended on your point of view. The first 100-day hallmark of a presidency has become a journalistic tradition where the success or failure of an administration is judged based on what they were able to accomplish when their political power is at its highest. The idea dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who couldn’t wait around to kickstart the failing economy and launched his New Deal with 15 bills in 100 days. Ever since then, we’ve looked at this period to try and gauge how a president is doing, perhaps sometimes unfairly. As a foreign correspondent working in the United States, I’ve now covered six presidential elections from Bill Clinton, through George W. Bush to Barack Obama and now Donald Trump for two British newspapers, the Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard. Never has there been this much interest around the world, for better and for worse, than in the unfolding story of the Donald Trump presidency. And this was just in the first three months of a four-year term. As John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, his agenda would “not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this administration … but let us begin.” In this book, I’ve included my almost daily stories on the Trump presidency for the London Evening Standard alongside the president’s tweets. Together, they show just how unpredictable those first 100 days were. History will get an opportunity to take a contextual judgement on just how successful or unsuccessful President Trump turns out. Republicans like to argue that Ronald Reagan was similarly ridiculed when he first came into office, only to become one of the most revered of Republican presidents. This book doesn’t pretend to be the considered history of Trump’s presidency or even of his early days in the White House, but it is a fascinating snapshot of a period in politics when literally anything could happen at any time. And like it or not, we were all along for the ride.
bound: 322 pages
publisher: Immediate Books (May 1, 2017)
isbn: 0998595721, 978-0998595726,
weight: 1.1 pounds (