He longs to stay with the unit

Uh oh, poor President Pussygrabber, he’s realized that he’s taken on an actual job, one with a lot of work attached, and he doesn’t want to. He wanted to win the prize, he didn’t want no stinkin’ job.

Plus he wants to go on living in the tower. He’s got it just the way he likes it.

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.

The future first lady, Melania Trump, expects to move to Washington. But the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, is midway through a school year in New York, and it is unclear when the move would happen.

The questions reflect what Mr. Trump’s advisers described as the president-elect’s coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically. They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends.

That’s so Trump. He ran for it without stopping to think about actually doing it, and whether he wanted to or not. Of course he doesn’t want to. He’s not equipped to do it, and that’s going to be

  1. humiliating
  2. hard work

People are going to know he’s not equipped to do it, and he’s going to have to do a lot of hard homework along with doing the actual job. Pity the poor guy – he’s not as bright as Obama, to put it mildly, and that’s going to be obvious when he can’t learn the material. He doesn’t have the usefully relevant education and experience that both Obama and Clinton have – he has no usefully relevant education and experience.

That was no doubt brought sharply home to him during that meeting with Obama on Thursday. He must have had a revelation of how completely out of his depth he was. Here was this Kenyan guy talking about briefings and foreign policy and undersecretaries and poor Donnie from Queens couldn’t understand a word of it.

Mr. Trump’s advisers hold out the possibility that the president-elect may spend more time in the White House as he grows less overwhelmed and more comfortable in the job.

Poor Donnie, so overwhelmed.

Mr. Trump’s affection for his penthouse apartment runs deep, as his biographer, Michael D’Antonio, learned when Mr. Trump invited him inside the three-story unit in 2014 for an extended interview.

Mr. Trump reveled in recalling the challenges required to design and build the apartment, decorated in 24-karat gold and marble in the Louis XIV style, saying he simply wanted to see if such an ambitious undertaking could be accomplished. He described it less as a home than a tribute to his own self-image.

“I really wanted to see if it could be done,” Mr. Trump said at the time, as he showed Mr. D’Antonio around the apartment. “This is a very complex unit. Building this unit, if you look at the columns and the carvings, this building, this unit was harder than building the building itself.”

“This unit” – I love that. That’s real-estate jargon. But the White House is just grubby tacky civil servant housing in comparison – how can anyone expect him to live in that slum?

Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.

Of course he does. That’s why he ran in the first place – it was a chance to have people cheering him for hours every day. He didn’t want to have to do any god damn work at the end of it.

Not least, Mr. Trump is finding Twitter a familiar comfort, although it is unclear if he will be the first president to wholly control his own Twitter account once he is in the White House.

Twitter is way nicer than being president. With Twitter and the dear unit and a few visits to adoring crowds every day, what more could a guy want? Couldn’t Obama just stay there doing the work, kind of like a garden boy, while Trump enjoys the title but stays in New York playing with Twitter?

Mr. Trump’s aides got him to agree to restrict his use of Twitter in the waning days of his campaign, but on Thursday, his second day as president-elect, Mr. Trump posted the kind of Twitter missive for which he has become known: a message complaining that “professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting.”

“Very unfair!” he wrote.

Mr. Trump checked himself later when he offered a more unifying message: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud.”

Well he didn’t so much “check” himself as contradict himself, no doubt after various pimpled flunkies reminded him that we’re allowed to protest things.

For now Mr. Trump remains in Trump Tower receiving congratulations, thanking those who stayed with him and venting to associates his lingering grievances with the news media over coverage of the campaign. He has stayed in touch with reporters at Fox News, checking in to ask about ratings and, as he has done for months, polling people about whom he should put in top jobs.

He misses The Apprentice, doesn’t he. Poor Donnie.

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