-- Donald Trump, in an interview with Reuters
With all due respect to the office -- although given the quote, no such disclaimer is necessary since he pretty much acknowledges it himself -- the man is an idiot.
Who else but a knowing idiot would think that being President of the United States -- commander-in-chief of the U.S. military forces, chief executive of the nation, and most powerful man in the entire world -- is an easier job then being a real estate developer and licensing your name to slap on a meat company?? Who else but a knowing idiot would think that reality would be harder than being a reality TV star -- where they actually feed you the lines, and you get re-takes, and commercial breaks?
He didn't know the job would be this difficult?! Hey, remember when people thought it was pathetic that Sarah Palin (R-AK-Half-term] didn't know what the Vice-President did?? That seems so quaint now.
Then again, this is the same man who boasted during the election, "I alone can fix it." And now just a few months later we get, "I thought it would be easier."
The best I can figure is that running a fraudulent university scam is a whole lot harder than most people think, trying to stay one step ahead of the law while paying off lawsuits.
"I thought it would be easier" certainly explains a lot.
Like saying, "No one knew that health care was so complicated." Because everyone knew. Or not knowing that Korea was never part of China, yet needing to have the Chinese president explain basic Asian history to him during a phone call and then saying, "After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy.” Imagine if he had to actually study and understand the several thousand-year history. Mind you, the scary thing here may be that for the first nine minutes he did think that Chinese-Korean history was easy. But grade school kids would figure that out after maybe 2-3 minutes. Or one.
This may also explain Mike Flynn getting named his National Security Adviser, since it's not unlikely that Trump didn't know vetting wasn't easy either.
Sometimes, you figure it would be better if he would stay "unintelligible."
At one point in the interview, Trump was talking about this conversation with the Chinese president, when suddenly he stopped and abruptly and bizarrely started to give reporters in the room copies of a 2016 electoral map, with the states he won marked in red.
“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” he said. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”
Oh, man, who said that God doesn't have a sense of humor and have a wicked sense of irony? "The red is obviously us." Yes, obviously. After all, it's what the FBI and congressional investigations are likely to prove..
"I thought it would be easier."
But then, that's what happens when you live in a world ruled by alternative facts.