Trump Is Doing What Obama Never Did: Reach Out & Listen

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Andrew Malcolm via,

Elements of Donald Trump’s presidential style are already emerging and they must be discouraging to his critics.

It’s easy to miss things that do not happen. But perhaps you too have noticed a decline of trivial Trump tweets, starting spats and news cycles many mornings.

Last week — are you sitting down? — Trump canceled a couple of media availabilities. He turned down ESPN’s invitation to provide his own NCAA tournament brackets, a free PR ride on basketball fever annually seized by President Barack Obama.

When reporters yell questions at Trump now, he usually goes deaf, turning away to converse with others. Avoiding opportunities to use or fight with media has not been a Trump trademark since he launched his hopeless presidential campaign 21 months ago, or his public persona decades ago, for that matter.

During the campaigns, Trump was quite successful creating media distractions to change the topic or detract from opponents’ successes and self-destructively some of his own. Not anymore.

Yes, such recent behavior negates the need to respond to WikiLeaks’ newest document dump, the latest Michael Flynn lie or a goofy new Nancy Pelosi plaint.

But it also allows, or perhaps forces, media to focus on the crucial launch of the House Obamacare replacement policies, which Trump has endorsed. And on Trump’s ongoing stream of executive orders starting the fulfillment of numerous campaign promises. And on his impressive debut address to Congress. How did the boastful Trump respond to all that overnight praise? He simply tweeted, “THANK YOU.”

Trump remains underwater in terms of job approval, but Gallup just found a clear majority believe he will restore prosperity.

Is it possible the demands and needs of being president are steering the new politician into more disciplined behavior? At least for now.

Those demands include selling his keystone policy initiative to the country. And by country, I mean the 535 elected members of Congress who will determine the fate of the replacement for the sinking S.S. Obamacare.

Trump has been meeting all along with congressional leaders. Now, he’s had, of all people, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina over for lunch. Then, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Rubio and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Cruz came for separate social dinners. Social is what Washington calls meal-time lobbying, and what no one expected last year during the primary campaign when Trump mocked those men.

The other evening the Trump White House had key committee members in for drinks and social bowling. The president will be working that Oval Office phone to Capitol Hill, as he has to many foreign leaders since Jan. 20.

Trump prefers that personal touch, as he did in his real-estate dealing days, the opposite of aloof. Both he and Mike Pence are holding a series of “listening sessions” with leaders from education, small business, big business, community banks and so forth.

Somehow, recent encouraging economic news and the administration’s legislative agenda always come up, starting with Obamacare’s repeal and replacement, then tax reform. And most sessions end with POTUS inviting attendees into the Oval Office for a once-rare, much-coveted photo in that fabled place.

Such focused attention by a president tends to increase support and mute disagreement, while fueling positive word of mouth about him and his plans, almost like an investment in a long-term real estate deal.

In coming days, Trump will venture out into the country for what might be called Obamacare repeal rallies. As a new president’s early trips, these will attract national news media and the much more valuable local media coverage. Don’t be surprised if some local TV anchors get “exclusive” interviews with the commander-in-chief.

The idea, of course, is to put hometown pressure on any members of Congress of either party who might be reluctant to support repeal-and-replace with 2018 midterms on the horizon.

You may recall Obama held scores of town-halls to gin up support for his namesake health legislation. That’s when he made those infamous promises about keeping your doctor, insurance and lowering premiums.

Obama wasn’t big on listening sessions; he preferred talking ones. He didn’t meet with the GOP’s Senate leadership, for instance, until his 542nd day in office. The irony is Obama’s party had such firm control of Congress back in 2009 and 2010 that it could ram through the immense bill with not a single Republican vote.

In reaction, the ensuing 2010 midterm elections marked the start of Democrats’ dramatic decline under Obama, costing them both houses and devastating damage at state levels. Republicans now control 33 governor’s offices and both houses in 25 of those states.

Even as a political rookie, Trump is already aiming to avoid such carnage over the volatile healthcare issue.

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Soul Glow's picture

Reach out and Goldman Sachs.

And Obama listened to Goldman Sachs plenty.

Belrev's picture

He is playing his own game. He made billions of $$, became President, but some experts think they know better what he should do. He plays chess.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Stay out of arms reach ladies

Belrev's picture

Trump is taking apart Globalism piece by piece. It took years to build, it will take some time to destroy it.

Never One Roach's picture

Trump is Winning like crazy that's why the MSM (like Mika) are cracking up.

They can't stand a presiden twho actually strives to help the middle class Americans instead of Bankers, war mongers, "the oppressed" and son.

Trump includes everyone in his tent of making America great again as opposed to Soweeto, Hillary, Bush, snowflakes, etc who seek to exclude people.

BaBaBouy's picture

Donaldo, Release the evidence of the Wiretaps...

Why are you holding back???

BAD BAD move if you don't have it...

espirit's picture

This is a High-Stakes Poker Game.

Trump is winning, but not all the players have anted up for the next hand.

mofreedom's picture



Duc888's picture



The Newspapers already did about 5 days ago. 

The Gauleiter's picture

Relax and enjoy the show....prolly waiting for a congresscritter or talking head to overplay their hand....this is not like binge watching breaking bad

TheLastTrump's picture

"Trump includes everyone in his tent of making America great again"


Been reminding EVERYONE of that. He likes the fags & Jews and DOESN'T fucking like the Neo Nazi's & anti Semites but he'll still leave the door open for you clowns too.

He actually fucking LIKES black people & Mexicans. Why? Because he's a damn people person. He likes people. Good people.

He doesn't give a shit about your religion but WILL NOT ALLOW the religion of peace to send angels of death to blow us up or run us over.

espirit's picture

The GALLup succumbed to the horseless carriage.

Stick a fork in it, it's done.


Phil Free's picture

Gallup succumbed to a car?

Mebbe stick a fork in you, 'cause your opaque one-liners are done.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Obama was installed by the CIA and enjoyed their full protection and support, including a fully-controled mass media that acted as the PR wing of the White House. Why would Obama have to listen to anybody?

Trump is fighting the CIA which means he actually has to build a base of support. Something that no President has had to do since Reagan-- and he caught a bullet for his trouble.

mofreedom's picture

O sure blathered the most with saying virtually 0 in substance, except FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM AMERICA.


optimator's picture

Of course Obama listened -- hundred of visits by Al Shapton on what to do. 

froze25's picture

From what I can tell most ladies are attracted to tall men with lots of Money. but they have to be heterosexual. That is where Obama fell short.

TheLastTrump's picture

what, this interaction is hilarious

crossroaddemon's picture

After everything that's gone down the past few weeks, you still believe that?

Belrev's picture

I sense your are Mika from MSNBC.

HRClinton's picture

Ever seen Polar Express? The one where Santa looks like Alan Rickman?

Well, you just gotta BELIEVE to hear the bell!

Facts don't matter to trained and brainwashed masses. Belief is everything. It keeps their heads from exploding.  

TheLastTrump's picture

Fucking A. I stand with President D.J. Trump.


You fucks.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Why depend on the Russians to do the job? If you want something done right, do it yourself. Remember that ISIS is a Mossad/CIA/KSA creation. Given that the CIA is Trump's number-one enemy right now, it doesn't make sense to outsource fighting the CIA to the Russians.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Why would Trump depend on Russia to fight the CIA? That's my point.

froze25's picture

Vault 7 illustrated the Clinton's and Obama's selling us out to the Russians. More is coming.

TheLastTrump's picture

The MEDIA has made it impossible for Trump & Putin to reach accord. This has been stated by Putin & referenced by Trump.


These people are trying to cause a war with Russia. Media, CIA, RINO's, Democrats.



TheLastTrump's picture

You probably work for one of those groups, you bitch.

Belrev's picture

He was not elected to dismantel Goldman Sachs, he was elected to build the Wall.

crossroaddemon's picture

But that won't happen, so what are you still so excited about?

Belrev's picture

Won't happen is what they said about him from day one. Wake up.

crossroaddemon's picture

You think congress is going to fund a wall robust enough to actually stop anybody? And the bullshit about the Mexicans paying for it was always retarded.

The wall, if it happens, will run wildly overbudget and be whittled down to something essentially useless. I will bet literally anything you like on that.

FredGSanford.'s picture

If you like your Dr. you can keep your Dr. Obamacare will save you 2400 a year. This will be the most transparent administration in history.

I could go on and on

crossroaddemon's picture

And Trump is now endorsing obamacare 2.0 so what exactly is your point? The new boss is the same as the old boss.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Yeah, except for the whole mulatto, gay, pole smoking thing...

SWRichmond's picture

Mexicans in the US send more than $20 Billion home to Mexico annually.  The border tax can work both ways: send money across the border to Mexico, uncle taxes it.  Pays for the wall.

Don't think they won't do it.

HRClinton's picture

Cut off Foreign Aid?  AIPAC would kill him.

crossroaddemon's picture

Then they'll just find more clandestine ways of sending loot. Here's something I don't think you're quite grasping: the swamp monsters in congress don't want a fucking wall. They like the downward pressure the present situation puts on wages, so why would they fuck with what to them is a good thing? Even if Trump is sincere (he's not but I'll play ball for a moment) I don't see them signing off on a wall, and this is big enough and expensive enough Trump can't do it unilaterally. If they DO authorize funding for a wall, I'll bet my left testicle they water it down enough so it wastes a lot of money and doesn't keep anybody out.

Mimir's picture

So, your point is, that the one million Americans living in Mexico can expect to pay higher tax on transfers to America. It works both ways, as you say.

crossroaddemon's picture

Yup. The whole make Mexico pay for it thing was such obvious outrageous bullshit it should have made all of Trump's supporters back off a step. But sine it was exactly the kind of shit they wanted to hear, they turned their brains off and piled on.

Mexico is not paying for a wall. Congress will not fund one. Get over it.

Bowler800's picture

LOL.  You're stuck on semantics.  YES, either the mexican people or the Mexican government or BOTH will fund the border wall with taxes, tariffs,  or fees on transfers.  When Mexico owns the surplus, THEY have a problem.  Hurts the Mexican ecomony far more than the US.

There isn't a clandestine way to send $26 BILLION from the US to Mexico without banks being involved (the average worker just trying to send money back to family doesn't possess the skill or network to launder funds).  This US to Mexico transfer of funds is larger than their OIL industry.

yeah, bullshit indeed.

Bowler800's picture

LOL.  You're stuck on semantics.  YES, either the mexican people or the Mexican government or BOTH will fund the border wall with taxes, tariffs,  or fees on transfers.  When Mexico owns the surplus, THEY have a problem.  Hurts the Mexican ecomony far more than the US.

There isn't a clandestine way to send $26 BILLION from the US to Mexico without banks being involved (the average worker just trying to send money back to family doesn't possess the skill or network to launder funds).  This US to Mexico transfer of funds is larger than their OIL industry.

yeah, bullshit indeed.

Reality_checkers's picture

Yeah, Trump has many GS execs in his admin, but don't worry about him listening to them. Unless they have Twitter acounts.

Phil Free's picture

Hi, 1 week 21 hours.  The pain, it burns huh?

SallySnyd's picture

Here is an article that looks at the interesting connection between one of the Deep State players and the Obama Administration:

Dog Will Hunt's picture

Suck a little harder, true believers.  


roadhazard's picture

Yes, I also remember BushCo having town halls trying to sell having SS tied to the Stock Market just before the crash. Buyer beware.

chosen's picture

A successful manager tries to get all advice, even from perceived enemies, before making a major decision.   Trump knows this.