The mental health of a President


I wake-up every morning between 6:30 and 6:45 am. I grab a bowl of Cheerios, watch a little of the local news and weather on the television, and check the headlines on my phone. Before I head-up for a shower I let my dogs out of the garage into the backyard and give them a couple of milk bones. Shower, shave, and dress, I am out the door by 7:15 am and in the office at 7:30 am, an hour before anyone else for some “quiet” time.

In the hour that I have rolled out of bed and am sitting behind my desk no one has reminded me how smart I am, or what a good job I am doing. Not my wife and not my dogs though of the two the dogs would be the most likely to rain a little praise on their “Dad”.

When Donald Trump wakes-up in the morning, every morning, this is the reminders that he needs and the messages that he shares with the world;

“Nick Adams, “Retaking America” “Best things of this presidency aren’t reported about. Convinced this will be perhaps best presidency ever.”

“Few, if any, Administrations have done more in just 7 months than the Trump A. Bills passed, regulations killed, border, military, ISIS, SC!”

“General John Kelly is doing a fantastic job as Chief of Staff. There is tremendous spirit and talent in the W.H. Don’t believe the Fake News”

“A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.” –  Robert A. Heinlein

Maybe it is just me but it feels like The Donald didn’t get enough hugs from his Mom and Dad as a child. I have heard some say that if the press was on my ass everyday, every moment that I would be a little insecure too, but this need for constant and continuous validation didn’t just start in January for Trump this is a neurosis he has been dealing with for a very long time and we have years of tweets to prove it.

What does it say about a person who must begin their day reminding everyone about what a great job they are doing. The question it raises for me is what other mental quirks is this “genius” possibly dealing with?

James Clapper is a retired lieutenant-general in the United States Air Force. He has served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (1991–1995), the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (1992-1995), and the Director of National Intelligence (2010–2017). His credentials are impeccable and his patriotism and loyalty to this country are undeniable. He understands Washington but most importantly he understands the job and the power of the President of the United States.

In an interview recently Clapper stated; “I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him. The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”

Trumps trivial and very insecure tweet response to Mr. Clapper’s observation; “James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?”

Clapper answered the mystery of the “beautiful letter” recently when asked; “The night before the election, we deployed two teams so that we would be ready to provide a PDB (President’s Daily Brief ) brief the next morning to whomever won. I hand-wrote almost identical short notes to each of the two candidates (Trump and Clinton) to accompany the first brief as President-elect; only one actually got deployed — the one to him.”

Writing books about a sitting President is a cottage industry but when was the last time we had a whole bevy of books published about the mental health of a President just seven months on the job? Right now.

The newest book and the one getting the most play in the press is The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. The one sentence synopsis; The consensus view of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

Sure this might sound like sensationalism to some, certainly it will to the Deplorable Nation, but read his tweets, look at his speeches those scripted and those that are off script he delivers at his ego rally’s before his throng of ardent supporters. There is certainly a Jekyll and Hyde persona that he displays which leads to me to ask, which one is the real Donald Trump?

Thin-skinned, narcissistic, egocentric, insecure, are just a few of the adjectives many of us use to describe “our” President. I would like to add mentally ill to that list as well, an observation and statement I don’t make or take lightly. I am genuinely concerned about the safety and well-fare of this country just as I am concerned about the seemingly blind and enabling loyalty many citizens and elected leaders provide Trump. Should we be worried? I think so. Trump loves to play chicken, but as President he is not playing chicken with zoning officials, bankers or city administrators to build a new skyscraper or hotel. He is playing chicken with Kim Jong-un, ISIS and the Taliban and stakes couldn’t be more deadly. What are you going to do? What are we going to do?

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.      

Article: Trump gets a folder full of positive news about himself twice a day


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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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22 Responses to The mental health of a President

  1. Scottie says:

    tRump craves attention. The white supremacist / nationalist also crave attention. It seems they are feeding off each other. What concerns me is what trickles down to the kids. We know that the “alt-right” feels embolden to spout their stuff freely and loudly thinking they now have the public approval. But what about early teens, and the ten to twelve year old? They see the news, they are on computer and smartphones. What message are they getting. Are we going to have a larger group of bigots and racist when these kids grow up? Hugs

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  2. Suze says:

    The 13 year-old next door reports that about half of the teens she knows think Trump is “just a joke”..about 1/4 think he is “insane, like seriously whacked and gonna end up killing us all” and the remaining 1/4 are “trying to figure out how to commit suicide when he send nukes to that crazy guy in Korea”. She said the ones who think he is a “joke” all have “republican parents that support the president”. We have arranged counseling for her as she went a step further and asked if my husband, a registered nurse, could bring her “drugs to kill herself when the nukes start”. I am afraid, not only about the insanity of the guy with his finger on that button, but for the very survival of our young people.

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    • My girls, who are adults, are terrified of not only Trump but the “crazies” who follow him.

      Donald Trumps base as described by his adviser Roger Stone; “Try to impeach him. Just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen. Both sides are heavily armed, my friend. This is not 1974. People will not stand for impeachment.”

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      • Nan says:

        Unfortunately this guy is way too close to accuracy in his comments.

        There may only be around 35-37% that approve of tRump, but I would daresay each and every one of them is armed to the teeth and ready to defend their belief that he’s the savior of this country and the ONLY one who, in their eyes, will “Make America Great Again.”

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  3. What’s your survival plan? Blazing guns? Head for the hills? To the swamps with the mosquitoes, snakes, and alligators? My friends, just like tRump, his core people are cowards with tiki torches and hoods who are vastly outnumbered by people like you and I. The street protests have proven that. The only place they dominate is at tRump ego rallies. Let’s remember the greatness of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and what they accomplished with peaceful protest. I have no choice because I have no guns, don’t like ’em, don’t want ’em.

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  4. Suze says:

    okay…so he is probably also a madman…and one that understands the system. But I firmly believe he would NOT push the nuclear button where I firmly believe Trump will push it. Better to live and fight another day than be blown to kingdom come.

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