America has a new hit show:
Donald Trump isn’t just president: He’s playing the part, masterfully.
Trump’s daily schedule is packed with meetings that double as photo ops — on Monday, six in a single day — reinforcing his administration’s message about getting to work and overturning Obama administration policies.
Trump cares deeply about visuals, knowing that sometimes pictures speak louder than words. Sometimes he even narrates what he’s doing to the camera crews, acting as both the star and director simultaneously. The new president is back in his element, hosting a show, this time not in the “Apprentice” boardroom but in the Oval Office.
“He wants to let his constituents know he is on the job,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, a professor who studies presidential communications. “Seeing him sign executive orders and memoranda, hold meetings with business and labor leaders let them know that no matter what reporters say about him, they can see he is on the job.”
President Trump could have signed 100 executive orders on his first day. But he only signed two. He’s been signing a couple every day, and now he is up to about ten. By spreading them out, he forces the news media to do a new story every day. Spreading them out also keeps “the resistance” discombobulated.
Nobody would watch a show if all the good stuff happened in the first episode. So every week you have some action and drama.
But it isn’t all for show. Trump is getting things done.