There is a common sentiment among people who are too lazy or insecure to change their ways and approach matters from a new perspective: "But we've always done it this way!" Or a variation such as, "Well, we can't do that. That's not the way we do things around here."
I suspect that reporters, editors and anchors of the mainstream media will be burdened by this inhibiting attitude when it comes to the Donald Trump administration. For starters, Trump established a reputation for being impolitic on the campaign trail. He said and did some outrageous things that pundits often wrongly predicted would be his undoing. He also took off the gloves, calling his opponent "Crooked Hillary" -- YEAH! -- after coming up with other pejoratives for his Republican opponents before he secured the GOP nomination. You know, names like "Lyin' Ted" and "Little Marco."
But through it all, Trump's anti-establishment fervor and passion for restoring hope and prosperity to the beleaguered middle class elevated him above any flack coming his way from critics. Millions of people were so desperate for a champion, for someone who would take on the elites, who understood their plight, and who would fight for them, they didn't give a damn about his bull-in-a-china-shop demeanor or hideous orange hair.
Trump also uses Twitter regularly -- often in the middle of the night -- and sometimes seems to spout off impulsively in his Tweets without really thinking things through. But such candor and spontaneity is truly refreshing to a public sick to death of two-faced, phony scripted politicians who are to focus groups what a piece of Silly Putty is to a 3-year-old.
I like that Trump occasionally releases Youtube videos to announce initiatives or speak out on issues, rather than hold press conferences. He knows, as President Ronald Reagan did 30 years ago, that it's far better to communicate directly with the American public than to be put through the wringer by a corrupt, left-wing filter (the thoroughly discredited mainstream media).
All of these tendencies demonstrate that Trump "isn't your Father's president," to paraphrase the Oldsmobile commercials of the late 1980s.
One other technique that I am pretty sure Trump will use once he assumes power will be that of being a mobile president. I foresee him frequently visiting and spending time in other regions of the country to escape the insular Beltway, meet with local leaders and learn more about the issues affecting various states and cities. Call it an Oval Office Road Show or whatever you like; I just don't see Trump as being a homebody who hunkers down for weeks and months at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donald Trump has that entertainment persona, which he has used masterfully, and he will continue to maximize it for the benefit of not just his political fortunes, but his constituents. I know this is apples to oranges, but a line from an old Marshall Tucker Band tune, "Heard it in a Love Song" popped into my head:
I was born a wrangler and a rambler and I guess I always will...
Donald Trump loves to grapple -- not physically, although since he's a big guy, that was probably part of the equation decades ago -- but financially, politically and philosophically. No, he's not a rambler in the traditional sense of living in many different cities, working itinerant jobs like a carny or traveling salesman. But he's a rambler in the sense that he does enjoy getting out and meeting the people, learning about and speaking out on a potpourri of issues and taking on new challenges. I am convinced it's the thrill of the fight, as much as the hoped-for results for his country, that inspires The Donald.
Like millions of Americans who voted for Donald Trump, I am walking with a spring in my step this Christmas season. The pall of the past 8 years is about to lift. Better days are ahead, I am convinced. I am happy not only for my own prospects and my family, but most of all, for my beloved country.