President Obama lectured. President Trump declares. The big difference between a Trump and Obama news conference.


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For the past eight years, a presidential news conference was a chance to hear from Professor Obama, the long-winded lecturer in chief who expounded on domestic politics and international relations with nuance, depth, range and, most of all, a lot of words. Under the new administration, brevity is in.

President Trump, who has carved out a niche online as the tweeter in chief, is willing to go beyond 140 characters while fielding questions from reporters at the White House. But sometimes, it seems, not by much. Trump’s joint news conferences with foreign leaders are brisker affairs. He is not interested in filibustering answers to run out the clock, the way Obama did, but prefers racing through them in a mix of simplistic declarative sentences, ad-libs and non sequiturs. When he does fall back on talking points, as all politicians inevitably do, they are not the kind that come from a briefing book prepared by an aide. Rather, Trump’s talking points often appear to spring from his own id and have little or nothing to do with the subject at hand.

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Trump does not speak much because even the short declarations mentioned above reveal an almost incompetent President.
Trump was elected by a moral voter landslide, not because of fiscally conservative, rural, or anti-regulation Republicans, but because of the ABORTION issue. Is this not obvious looking at a county-lever election map of 500/2600. See.

Many if not ALL moral conservatives voted AGAINST the progressive "American Corts" which gave us Roe v Wade 1973, Citizens United 2010, and rejected AR Act 301 after chosen by a super-majority of Arkansas voters for the moral update to the now-immoral Roe v Wade FIAT from 1973.

Citizens United (2010) was and still is a legal mistake. Honorable Antonin Scalia apologized for making (empowering corporate America) on February 26, 2015 after a U.S. Marshal's Museum lecture. (link)

Hon Scalia was assured this conversation would remain private for ten years or until death. Hon Scalia did not speak in declarations like Trump, but advised CU would not be corrected sua sponte, but in the normal business of the Court as soon as challenged. Hon Scalia also advised this Litigant there was little chance the Eighth Circuit would reject 301, though the progressive view of female liberty would make 301 a close call if before SCOTUS with Granny G.

CurtisNeeley on February 16, 2017 - 3:07pm.

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